Sunday, 3 November 2013

Great Egret Still Present in Waterloo, ON

Great Egret Ardea alba
Wetland at Beaver Creek Road
Waterloo, ON
3 November 2013

    Remarkably, with the temperature registering 0°, a lone Great Egret was still occupying the small wetland where I observed up to four individuals earlier in the year. I did not notice when looking at the bird that it was banded, but the photograph clearly shows a leg band, even though I cannot read the details. I have forwarded this information to Chip Weseloh, a retired biologist from the Canadian Wildlife Service, who is undertaking a long-term study of this species in Ontario.
    Other heron species present included two Great Blue Herons Ardea herodias and a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax. 
    When taking pictures here it is never easy. The vegetation is very dense and it's tough to get a clear view of the target; the camera always seems to want to focus on intervening branches and foliage. The pictures will serve, however, to record the sighting for posterity.

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