Eddy the great white egret
Hello readers. My name is Eddy, and I am a great egret.
I have a few favourite places in the creek to look for food, and they are all where the water level rises no higher than my knees.
I can stand motionless for a long time as I wait for fish, tiny crustaceans, amphibians and aquatic insects to come along.
I often stay near the water's edge because I can get a clear view of what's in the shallow water.
I can react quickly, and you should see me move when a good meal swims by.
I look good in photos — that's me in the photo across the top of every page of this website.
Where do I sleep?
I used to sleep in a tree in the park at the edge of Golden Avenue, about 4 metres (12 feet) above the ground. But I had to move when some teenage boys threw sticks at me one night. I moved to a tree overhanging the creek near the cormorants' resting spot.
I sometimes rest standing up — on both legs, not one leg like a stork.
You can see by the photo at right that I hunch my neck when I take a standing nap.
People sometimes think I am a different type of bird when they see me like this, because they can no longer see my long, slender neck with the kink in it.
Like most of the large waterbirds around here, I don't stay all the time. I visit other wetlands and come back to Calamvale Creek and Golden Pond for varying lengths of time.
The photo below shows me in the riparian wetland on my first day back after being away for three months.
My friends at Calamvale Creek
I get along with other types of water birds, and although I hunt alone, I am usually seen in the company of the creek's cormorants, ducks, moorhens, ibises, and Ruth the rufous night heron. I stay at the creek as long as there is enough food.
— Eddy the great white egret