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Five species of egrets are permanent Australian residents, with three of the most common species included in this photo gallery. Australian egrets can often be seen in urban areas that have the rivers, lakes or other aquatic environments that these primarily white birds require, but these are birds that are far from sedentary, and they inhabit areas from the coast to the outback.
The birds featured here include the majestic Intermediate / Plumed Egret, Ardea intermedia, with photos showing it in water, in flight, dressed in its ornate breeding plumage, nesting, collecting nesting material, and with chicks.
There are images of the Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, too, with scenes showing this elegant bird wading in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The most familiar of Australian egrets is undoubtedly the Cattle egret, Bubulcus ibis, that’ as its name implies, spends much of its life in the company of cattle. The following photos show this bird in its colourful breeding plumage, in flight, with chicks, collecting nesting material, on its nest and with its adorable and fluffy chicks.
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