Large Egret– Coming in to breeding plumage
This bird shows well-developed back plumes,a beak that has almost become black,and pinkish tinge on tibia(the upper part of the legs).
In full breeding plumage,it shows a black beak with a viridian green area before the eye,well developed back plumes and rose red tibia.
A large wader with a long de-curved beak, resembling a smaller version of the Curlew
.It is identified easily by the light eye-brow or super-cilium,bordered by a dark eye-stripe and by the smaller size and shorter beak from the Curlew.
This bird can be seen along the coastal areas of the Dry Zone and rarely in other areas.Usually keeps singly during the stay.
It is an uncommon winter migrant to Sri Lanka.
The beak , legs and feet of this bird are black in color in the non-breeding plumage.But,this black color has a dull red undertone (as in Maldive fish) that shows up in certain light conditions,especially in the morning light.
This bird in the non-breeding plumage shows the red color in the legs and toes very clearly,and was taken around 9.00 A.M. in the morning.
Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law