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.