Great Egret Ardea alba, or Great White Heron or Eastern Great Egret is common migrant and local resident in Kota Kinaabalu. They can be seen in flocks feeding at paddy field, river bank, seashore or they can be event seen in front of your house occasionally.
What is not common is this Great Egret is at the breeding plumage, i.e. the all black legs turned pink, and the color at its face area turned light blue. This bird was taken at the lagoons during low tide, and it flew and landed at about 50m away from us. This full body picture by filling the whole frame. Out of the flock of over 100 of them in the lagoon, it really stand out of the group.
Following is another version of it at non-breeding plumage.
This bird was taken at the Lagoon just outside Sutera Habour Resort. They are seen resting at the edge of the sea on the rock. its much each to find them around there as there is a birder who feed the seashore birds (there are also seagull, other egrets around).
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The Eastern Reef Heron (Egretta sacra), also known as the Pacific Reef Egret or Eastern Reef Egret, is a kind of heron. They are found in many areas of Asia including the oceanic region of India, Southeast Asia, Japan, Polynesia, and in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
Pacific Reef Herons are medium-sized herons, reaching 57 to 66 centimeters in length. They have a wingspan of between 90 and 110 centimeters and reach an average weight of 400 grams.
The species displays an unusual, non-sexual dimorphism, with some members having entirely white plumage and others (the larger portion) being charcoal-grey. The reason for the color variation or “morph,” is unknown, though it is most commonly thought to be related to camouflage.