These birds are about 65 - 70cm tall, making them about 2/3 of the size of the Grey Herons I grew up with. The formal name of the White-faced Heron is Egretta novaehollandiae which means Little New Holland Heron. New Holland was the old name for Australia. This species is found over much of Australia and as a result it can be seen in a wide range of habitats. These pictures show it in a freshwater pond on Lord Howe Island, and in shallow sea water nr. Melbourne.
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