A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Not getting any at the moment.

This is an Eastern Great Egret. And the post title refers not to the fact that it’s just standing motionless in the shallows below our house waiting for something to catch, but to its yellow bill. According to here, the colour of the bill indicates that it’s not currently in breeding mode. When it gets interested in getting lucky, the bill will darken to black – something of a giveaway in egret dating circles, I’d have thought, but elegantly simpler (and arguably a whole lot classier) than most of the availability indicators that humans adopt.