Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Night-herons by light of day

Nankeen Night-Herons (Nycticorax caledonicus) nocturnally prey on wetlands wildlife (not all empty freshwater mussels shells are down to water rats) but only sunlight does justice to their colours.
Latest survey at Mungalla Station near Ingham found about 60 roosting above fish-laden, tree-shaded Palm Creek pools.

More distant during survey, Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) ...
... and Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)


Swan Pond said...

It's great to see a night heron up close like this. Thank you.

Pete Shanley said...

The eyes, the eyes!
Love the first shot in particular.

Tony Ashton said...

More on herons later, partly because I lost my bifocals when chasing after the birds.

Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.