Wednesday 22 February 2023

Wild Bird Wednesday 552 - White-faced Heron

The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) is a common and widespread bird that occurs throughout the whole of Australia and also occurs in Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand.  In my part of the world it is the default heron that you can expect to see pretty much every time you are birding.  It can be seen on almost wetland, and also feeds on the coast.

This bird was really using the 'wait and see what comes along' approach to hunting - and in the end it was prepared to out-wait me!  More or less the only thing it did as I was watching, was glance up a passing flock of small waders and blink once or twice!

I think we can overlook common birds, especially in the quest for rarity - but think this is a good looking bird!  

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  1. Hari OM
    Patience is a virtue... YAM xx

  2. You are her real bird photographer. Thank you for sharing Stewart

  3. Beautiful bird photos indeed.

  4. Herons are such incredible creatures! Love them. This one’s a beauty!

  5. Its shape and plumage are reminiscent of our Little Blue Heron. It too has the habit of watchful waiting for prey. Often, it remains motionless with the tip of its bill almost touching the surface of the water.

  6. He's a beauty! Thanks for hosting.

  7. At least a couple varieties of "our" herons have similar behaviors and appearance. And are as frequently seen here in Florida anyway. I never tire of seeing them because they are so handsome and also because that "wait quietly for dinner, seemingly forever" behavior trait is perfect for an old slow amateur photographer like me.