Date: 12/20/18 10:30 am
From: Daniel Farrar <jdanielfarrar...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Cattle Egret / Intermediate Egret
One feature I find interesting in Eric's photos is the difference in bill
shape. The Great clearly has a slight down curve to the bill. The smaller
egret looks much straighter. Not sure if that is an Intermediate trait, I
have zero experience with the species.

Daniel

On Thu, Dec 20, 2018, 10:22 AM Sally Hill <1sallyhill.9...> wrote:

> For clarification: Is it only Eric's photos that this person reviewed or
> is it some combination of Sylvia's and Pam's and Eric's? My Birds of
> Australia, (Pizzey and Knight) suggest that the Intermediate Egret is
> smaller and daintier than GREG with extended head and neck about equal to
> body length, head rounder, bill shorter and deeper and line of gape to just
> below eye , not past it as in GREG. When hunting peers with neck extended
> and stirs with foot. Flies with quicker wind beats than GREG. This
> reference fails to mention anything about a black tip on the bill. If your
> expert has any additional ID tips it would be helpful to know.
>
>
> Sally Hill
> Eugene Oregon
>
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 20, 2018 at 9:20 AM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
> wrote:
>
>>
>> On Dec 17, 2018, at 2:50 PM, Eric Carlson <carl8630...> wrote:
>>
>> I have photos of the slightly smaller looking Great Egret on my ebird
>> checklist if anyone is interested in looking at them.
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50700675
>>
>> Bird up,
>>
>> ERIC
>>
>>
>> See:
>>
>> https://ebonph.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/ask-the-experts-2/
>>
>>
>> Hello Eric and all:
>>
>> A very seasoned Asian birding expert sent me an email suggesting that the
>> bird looks right for an Intermediate Egret. I can’t be sure if there is or
>> isn’t a dark tip to the bill into photos. As Dave Irons wrote,
>> Intermediate Egrets usually have a dark tipped bill, but apparently not
>> always.
>>
>> I hope someone gets sharper photos. I also hope no one does, because if
>> it is an Intermediate Egret, I don’t want to fly back to Oregon from Tucson
>> for it (like I have for two other birds in past years).
>>
>> Great Egrets do of course vary in size based on sex, and somewhat so by
>> individual.
>>
>> Jeff Gilligan
>>
>>
>>

 
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