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Embarrassed - No Idea What Bird This Is - Perhaps a Juvenile Egrit or Heron?
Lens: Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Lens Camera: Pentax KP Photo Location: Melbourne Zoo ISO: 280 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: K2 to K50, 01-15-2021, 09:26 PM

Was still a bit new to my new KP and 55-300mm PLM when I took this - I would normally not shoot at 5.6 on this lens. I have included this pic in my collection of screen-saver shots on my Windows computer - there is a pleasant peacefulness about this scene that appealed to me.

For some reason I always think of the cartoon "Road Runner" whenever I look at this pic!!!

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Cattle egret?
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I would agree with Cattle Egret, which is a species present in the wild in Australia. Although it still has the orangish breeding plumes on its breast and head, it has lost the orange colour of its legs in high breeding condition.
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Cattle egret starting to lose its breeding plumage. The bird habitat just down the road from our place in Toowoomba has had a good number of pairs nesting there. The full orange breeding plumage is quite striking. I assume this one is an adult because it has plumes and its right leg has been banded at some time. The cattle egret probably came to Australia as a vagrant for thousands of years. But they did not become established here until cattle and water buffalo were introduced to Northern Australia. So you could say they introduced themselves.

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No wonder with those legs.... nice photo. The composition works.
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Is it just me or does this bird have a band on it's right leg?
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Thanks for the interest, everyone - and yes, cattle egret seems right.

QuoteOriginally posted by bschriver11 Quote
Is it just me or does this bird have a band on it's right leg?
Yes, the shot was taken inside a very large and well-designed aviary habitat at the Melbourne Zoo!


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