Friday, October 2, 2009

Nankeen night heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)

Since most of my birdwatching walks are in the morning, I don't expect to find any nocturnal birds in my way. So I was pretty lucky to see this bird - Nankeen night heron - at Herdsman Lake. The bird feeds at night.





The photos were taken on 19/9/09. The bird is about 1-1.5 feet in height. It was standing quietly at the water's edge, probably a little dazed or confused in bright daylight (?) Anyway it was cooperative enough to let me take a few good shots of it. I have never seen another Nankeen night heron at Herdsman Lake since.

Reference:
Birds in Backyards - Nankeen night heron

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