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A clever catcher Eastern Reef Egret

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The Eastern Reef Egret lives on the Island all year round. They are usually seen hunting on the reefs around the Island. The Reef Egret tends to hunt alone and is very stealthy. Its crouches low as it moves through shallow water or over coral and rocks. When it sees its prey, it strikes quickly with its long bill.

There are only one or two breeding pairs on the Island.  Their nests are made of sticks and are lined with seaweed. These birds hide their nests under shrubs or rock ledges for protection.

Where you can find a Eastern Reef Egret

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern under ICUN (2014). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

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