Cattle Egret, Whangaehu Beach Rd

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jimmifinn
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Re: Cattle Egret, Whangaehu Beach Rd

Postby jimmifinn » Tue Apr 30, 2024 10:16 pm

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One of the two Cattle Egrets with the cows on Whangaehu Beach Road, 30 April 2024
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This afternoon my wife and I drove down Whangaehu Beach Road, checking for any sign of Cattle Egrets. A group regularly winter on Dairy Farm with the Fonterra number 44010 and usually arrive mid-May.

We found two egrets with some cows, distant from the road. Later they moved to join three White-faced Herons at a water trough but were extremely wary and quickly seemed to realise we were watching them from the road. Eventually they moved away to a more distant paddock.

Last winter before they returned, presumably to Australia, there were 11 egrets associating with the cows on this farm. 30 April is earlier than I have seen them arrive in previous winters.

Jim Norris
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Re: Cattle Egret, Whangaehu Beach Rd

Postby jimmifinn » Mon May 20, 2024 9:44 pm

This afternoon, 20 May 2024, at 3.00pm there are now four Cattle Egrets on Farm 44010 on the Whangaehu Beach Road. This is an addition of two egrets since the most recent sighting, by Peter Frost on Friday 17 May. It is possible more will arrive over the next month or so.

Jim Norris
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Four cattle egrets with the dairy cows on Whangaehu Beach Road.
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jimmifinn
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Re: Cattle Egret, Whangaehu Beach Rd

Postby jimmifinn » Sat May 25, 2024 8:55 am

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Four Cattle Egrets and a White faced heron roosting on a farm water trough.
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Yesterday, 24 May 2024, there were six Cattle Egrets with the dairy herd on Farm 44010, Whangaehu Beach Road. With Paul Gibson, we found four roosting on a water trough and two on the pasture near the cows. It is quite usual to find these egrets roosting on the farm water troughs, but yesterday was the first time we had seen them drinking from the water.

After we had been watching them for about 15 minutes, they flew across the road to join with a herd of cows on the neighbouring Farm 44011.

Jim Norris
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Re: Cattle Egret, Whangaehu Beach Rd

Postby Paul Gibson » Thu May 30, 2024 2:10 pm

This morning there were 7 cattle egrets, in their well known location. They allowed us very close, so some top pictures. The location is about 15 minutes south of Whanganui.
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