Finally a Nankeen Night-Heron

The Nankeen Night-Heron has been a bit of a hoodoo bird for me. While I have seen the species at various places during the day and locally at night I have not seen it well enough to photograph and add to my local birds page. Finally today while walking down the creek with a local birder friend, Dave, we found an adult Night-Heron (with head plume) on its daytime roost high in one of the pines along the canal part of the Elster Creek. It seemed to be very curious about us and intently watched everyone who walked by. It is an nocturnal bird that hunts in the shallow waters and edges along the creek.

Nankeen Night Heron, Elster Creek, Elwood,Victoria

Nankeen Night-Heron, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria

Nankeen Night Heron, Elster Creek, Elwood,Victoria

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Nankeen Night Heron, Elster Creek, Elwood,Victoria

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Nankeen Night Heron, Elster Creek, Elwood,Victoria

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5 responses to “Finally a Nankeen Night-Heron

  1. Great photos, especially the ones of the bird looking right at you! 🙂

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  2. Its eyes follow you around the room…well, path…creepy as. Lovely photos.

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  3. Thanks for the comments Sue’s

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  4. Looks like a dove, but bigger, wearing a bluejay hat…

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    • Thanks for the comments Steve, it has been a hard bird to photograph in daylight as it is mostly active at dusk and night…my shots don’t show its shape well. It has the body of a short squat heron…the head feather is a lovely feature of this bird

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