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Tirunelveli, India

Please identify this bird. It's an egret, but what species?

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia

Resin

PERTH, Australia

Resin, how can you tell the difference between this bird and a Great Egret?

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

With difficulty! But fortunately, the pic shows the head well; on Intermediate, the bare area around the gape doesn't go behind the eye, on Great it does. And it doesn't on this pic. Here's a couple of Great Egret pics showing the gape going behind the eye:
http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?p=5&Bird_ID=1110&Bird_Family_ID=&pagesize=1
and with the gape open (!): http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?p=6&Bird_ID=1110&Bird_Family_ID=&pagesize=1

Resin

PERTH, Australia

Ah hah, I see. Thanks.

Tirunelveli, India

Thanks!

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