I’d mentioned how I’ve noticed different birds at the lake lately. When I was walking the other day I saw two white birds take off from the flock of seagulls at the edge of the lake. I’d assumed, at first, they were gulls too, but when I noticed their shape and colour when flying, and the way they glided, I knew they weren’t seagulls after all. Never seen these at the lake before.
The Cattle Egret is found in grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, which will explain why I saw them at Lysterfield Lake Park. They also use pastures and croplands. Will also forage at garbage dumps, and are often seen with cattle and other stock. There are paddocks near to the park with stock on them so they may have come from there.