Nankeen Night Heron


Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus), as the name suggested is a nocturnal bird found in Australia and surrounding nations. These photos were taken near my local creek, up stream of Parramatta River (NSW Australia), in summer 2013.

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Usually Nankeen Night Heron is only active at night and seldom seen in the day light, unless being flush out from the roosting place. However, this Nankeen Night Heron was seen foraging in our local creek almost daily between Jan-March 2013. Interestingly, you can always find him in the same spot too.

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While the local Pacific Black duck did not seems to bother him, any human activity within 30m would vary him. Any closer to that, he would flight. The photo above was taken from behind some thick vegetation. Thankfully, with this nature hide, I could observe this Nankeen Night Heron going about his routine. Shooting through the foliage can be tricky.
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Checkout the long slender white plumes from nape, which is well seen in the photo above. These plumes from the nape is seen in adult not only during breeding season, but through the year, unlike little egret or Royal Spoonbill.

Again, I wish I have a 600mm lens, so that I could fill the frame with this Nakeen Night Heron. Anyone got AUD $15000 to spare?

My Australian Birds List

Photography Equipments

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens

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