I found these two birds - and at least 8 others - in some tall trees in the middle of a park in Queenscliff in Victoria. My attention was drawn to them by a bit a squawking from one of the juvenile birds. I suspect that I would have missed them entirely if they had made that noise.
The birds are about 60 cm long, with a wingspan of just over a meter. The juvenile bird lacks the black cap of the adult and also has heavily streaked plumage.
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All herons have a geeky cuteness about them, I think - and the Nankeen is no exception! Nice spotting... YAM xx
Sometimes the boisterous behaviour of youth is a good thing. Love these shots. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Hello!:=) Wow, great sighting and photos of this large bird. I also find birds because I hear them before I see them. Actually it's usually hubby who see's them first, I just hear them!:=)ReplyDelete
I remember these birds well, Stewart. The first I ever saw were at a park in Sydney, NSW. Obviously they were inferior to Victoria birds, but very handsome nonetheless.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! They look similar to our Green Heron.ReplyDelete
Great shots and well done for seeing so many at one time. Thanks fos hosting, stay safe and have a good week aheadReplyDelete
I wonder if there were nests in that area, as our Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are just starting to gather in what had been a rookery for about 10 pairs. After the young fledged they all tended to roost there afterward. Your adult bird looks quite colorful and the young are boldly spotted as compared to our two species of Night-Herons. I happened to have a photo of one of the adults in today's blog.ReplyDelete
Happy birding in 2021!ReplyDelete
So cool! We just had a similar experience with a couple Black-crowned Night Herons in a park in Arizona in the US. We would have never known they were there they were so hidden in the trees but some other birders told us about them. At first they were asleep so it was hard to get a pic but once they woke up and started looking around I was able to get a few good shots through the branches.ReplyDelete
What a great find. Such interesting birds!
Attractive birds and great photos. Cheers DianeReplyDelete
A cousin of the family I've never met. Great name! Nankeeeeeen!ReplyDelete
He is very nice.ReplyDelete
All the best, Stewart!
Great photos! Herons are always interesting to seeReplyDelete
Have a blessed day!
Nice catch!! Never heard of these!! Good photos..Hope all is well with you..ReplyDelete
Awesome shots! Leave it to the youngsters to want the attention..:)jpReplyDelete
Interesting. He's built like a heron but has spots like a starling.ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart, the night heron is very beautiful. Nice pictures. Stay safe. Greetings CarolineReplyDelete
As always, wonderful shots of these interesting birds, Stewart.ReplyDelete
Glad the kids squawked! I loved seeing that bird.ReplyDelete
love seeing Herons in trees, easy to forget how these bug birds roost. Lovely shots aswellReplyDelete
W ogóle nie znałam takiej czapli! niesamowita! Dorosły jest piękny, a młody podobny do bąka.ReplyDelete