Story: Estuaries

White-faced heron

White-faced heron

A recent arrival from Australia, the white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) has made itself at home in New Zealand and is now the most plentiful heron in the country. When catching food they are equally adept in estuarine waters (a source of fish and crabs) and on rushlands, where they hunt out frogs, insects and mice.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - Larger animals of the estuary', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006