WA Birds 05. White-faced Heron to Black-necked Stork

 

White-faced Heron (photographs)

Egretta novaehollandiae

Very common especially in the south.  At least 200 (possibly 500+) seen at Lake Muir in January 1998.

 

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Common at Broome (Crab Creek).  Seen at the Argyle Diamond Mine.  Uncommon in the south.  Lake Goegrup near Mandurah is the best chance near Perth, but also seen at Alfred Cove, Lake Coogee, Bibra Lake, Creery Wetlands.

 

Eastern Reef Egret (photographs)

Egretta sacra

Very common at Broome (especially port), Port Warrender, Abrolhos Islands (old nest site on a jetty at Rat Island), islands off the Pilbara coast.  Seen at Adele Island, Scott Reef, near Carnarvon, Rottnest Island, Little Island at Hillarys, Cape Le Grande, Cape Leeuwin, Cape Naturaliste, Mandurah, Sinker Reef at Two People’s Bay.

 

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Very rare vagrant to Australia.  Reported at Busselton by Jim Lane in May 2002, at the Chapman River mouth at Geraldton by Brice Wells in June 2002, and at Roebuck Bay close to the Broome Bird Observatory by Clive Nealon in April 2003.

 

White-necked Heron

Ardea pacifica

Fairly common on freshwater wetlands.  More common in the summer in the south west when inland wetlands dry out.  50 seen on the flooded Roebuck Plains salt marsh in April 1991.

 

Great-billed Heron

Ardea sumatrana

Very uncommon in WA.  Seen along the Sale River and Port Warrender.  Reported at Derby.

 

Pied Heron (photograph)

Ardea picata

Common at Kununurra (especially the sewage ponds), Lake Argyle, Parry Lagoons.

 

Great Egret (photographs)

Ardea alba

Very common.  Abundant in the Harvey Peel Estuary.

 

Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

Common at Kununurra.  Seen at Wyndham, Lake Argyle, Broome, Argyle Diamond Mine.  Over 60 (many in breeding plumage) seen on the flooded Roebuck Plains salt marsh in April 1991.  Very uncommon in the south.

 

Cattle Egret

Ardea ibis

Common in 100s (occasionally 1,000+) at Kununurra, Lake Argyle.  Seen at Broome.  Rare in the south west. One or two used to be at Kogolup Swamp.

 

Striated Heron (photograph)

Butorides striatus

Common in mangroves at Broome (nests seen in the mangroves at Crab Creek and Quarry Beach), Wyndham, Port Warrender, Derby, Port Hedland, Point Samson, Mangrove Bay near Exmouth, Carnarvon.

 

Nankeen Night Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

Common at Herdsman Lake, Booragoon Lake, Perth Zoo, Fremantle Esplanade, Bibra Lake.  Seen at Parry Lagoons, Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Hamelin Pool, Lake McLarty, Albany, Mandurah Harbour.

 

Little Bittern (photograph)

Ixobrychus minutus

Uncommon in WA.  Difficult but can always be seen at Kununurra (Kona Caravan Park, Lily Creek Lagoon).  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine.  Seen at dusk at the wildlife centre at Herdsman Lake.  Heard at Regent Waters wetland on James Spiers Drive near Lake Joondalup in late December 2001.  Reported at Derby sewage overflow, Jandabup Lake, Forrestdale Lake.

 

Yellow Bittern

Ixobrychus sinensis

Very rare vagrant to Australia.  Historical record from Kalgoorlie in January 1967.  Possible reported at Kununurra.

 

Black Bittern

Ixobrychus flavicollis

Fairly common along creeks in the north Kimberley.  Seen at Kununurra, Manning Gorge, Camp Creek, Argyle Diamond Mine, Deep Reach at Millstream Chichester.  Rare in the south west (reported at Sue's Bridge on the Blackwood River).

 

Australasian Bittern

Botaurus poiciloptilus

Rare in the south west of WA.  Seen at dusk at Lake Powell near Albany in January 2002.  Reported at Lake Muir, Lake Gardner at Two People’s Bay, Forrestdale Lake, Lake McLarty, Jandabup Lake.

 

Glossy Ibis (photographs)

Plegadis falcinellus

Fairly common in the Kimberley. Uncommon in the south west.  Seen at Kununurra, Lake Argyle, Argyle Diamond Mine, Parry Lagoons, Derby, Broome, Lake McLarty, Herdsman Lake, Jandabup Lake, Kogolup Swamp.

 

Australian White Ibis (photograph)

Threskiornis molucca

Very common.  Regularly seen breeding at Booragoon Lake.

 

Straw-necked Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis

Common in flocks, often soaring.  Common on damper agricultural land.  Best seen near Perth along Forrest Road, near ALCOA Wellard Wetlands, Lake McLarty. Common near Albany.

 

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Fairly common in the north.  Very common at Broome (Crab Creek, sewage ponds).  Seen at Kununurra, Wyndham, Argyle Diamond Mine.  Uncommon in the south west.  Seen at Carine Open Space.

 

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (photograph)

Platalea flavipes

Fairly common in the south west.  Seen at Herdsman Lake, Carine Open Space, near Bibra Lake, ALCOA Wellard Wetlands, Albany.  Breeds at Lake McLarty.  Uncommon in the north.  Seen at Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

Black-necked Stork

Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Fairly common in the Kimberley.  Seen breeding at Broome.  Juveniles seen at Argyle Diamond Mine.  Seen at De Grey River, Port Hedland saltworks.

 

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