Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nankeen Night Heron

I was standing on the viewing platform at Edithvale wetlands when all of the coots, teals and duck suddenly scattered in all directions. My eyes looked to the sky expecting to see a swamp harrier but all that I could see was a heron cruising towards a tree branch. Wait a minute, that's a Nankeen Night Heron! The freaked out water birds had thought it was a bird of prey because like me, they are not used to seeing night herons in this location at this time of day. 

There are a lot of these immature herons appearing all over the place at the moment but opportunities for close photos don't come along too often.
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