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Pacific reef-egret (Egretta sacra) | by Eustaquio Santimano
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Pacific reef-egret (Egretta sacra)

Baie de l'Anse Vata, Noumea, New Caledonia


The Pacific reef-egret occurs in two main colour forms, a dark morph and a white morph, although intermediate birds also occur.


The Pacific reef-egret has relatively short legs that give it a characteristic hunched posture.


A predominantly coastal species, the Pacific reef-egret is rarely found more than 100 km inland.


The Pacific reef-egret hunts by both day and night, timing its feeding with the tides.

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Taken on January 19, 2013