The Pacific Heron (Ardea pacifica) is a medium sized and conspicuous heron that seems to be showing up in greater numbers in my local patch that in past years. In the past, this bird was known as the White-Necked Heron - which makes a lot of sense.
This bird was hunting in remarkably calm waters in one of the lagoon at Werribee. Unfortunately it flew off a short time after the unsuccessful fishing stab shown in these images.
I really like the spots on the throat of this species.