Great Egret (Australasian)
Ardea alba modesta
Social context: colony
William V Ward
17 Sep 1968
- New Zealand
- Westland; 1mi Up Waitangiroto R; 7mi N Okarito
- -43.15 170.25
- 5 meters
- MAGNEMITE 610E
- Altec 688A
- Parabola 101.6cm/25.4cm (40in/10in)
Colony in trees on riverbank. Harsh "quork" calls and wingbeats as birds come in to their nest platforms. Some bill clicks can be heard.
The birds were sitting in trees squabbling over nest sites. Birds are rebuilding old nests and are much quieter than in January when they have young; vocalizations are also different.
This is the only known colony in NZ and has remained about the same size since its discovery in 1865. The colony is about 100 feet long. Other species nesting in the colony are White-fronted Shags and Royal Spoonbills.