Date: 12/20/18 7:40 pm From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> Subject: [obol] Re: White Egret
I was in Africa last spring and Roger’s observations are spot on. The gape
is the key. Should be easy to figure out with decent photos.
On Thu, Dec 20, 2018 at 4:52 PM Roger Robb <brrobb...> wrote:
> Thanks to Sally for getting additional photos of this bird. My friends
> and I spent time in Queensland last year seeing both Intermediate and Great
> Egrets. Differentiating the two was not difficult as they were in breeding
> plumage. One noticeable character that should be apparent on non-breeding
> and breeding birds is that the gape on Great Egrets extends beyond the eye;
> not so on Intermediate or other egrets. Better photos of this bird may
> show this diagnostic feature.
> Roger Robb
> Springfield, OR