i believe that's a Great Egret.
Most definitely a great egret!
Jan-e, how can you tell? The Wikipedia article says you can tell by the length of the neck, but the one in the photo doesn’t look any different from what we get in Florida.
Always a a student of ornithology here!
“One of Australia’s most elegant birds, the snowy-white Eastern Great Egret is often seen wading in a range of wetlands, from lakes, rivers and swamps to estuaries, saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats.”
What a cool bird. I wonder if you can leave a bowl of fresh water for him to drink from ??