These Nankeen Night Herons are usually impossible to photograph in the wetlands, being nocturnal and very skittish. However a group of people walking around disturbed them and I could very happily get some shots. The Heron on the right in an adult and the other three are juveniles.
The Nankeen Night Heron is a stocky heron with rich cinnamon upperparts, white-buff underparts, a black crown, and yellow legs and feet. The head is large, the neck short (giving a stooped appearance), and the legs relatively short. During breeding the back of the head bears three white nuptial plumes. The bill is dark olive-green, and the eyes are yellow. Young birds are heavily spotted and streaked white, brown and orange-brown. As they mature, the black cap of the adult develops first, with the body plumage remaining streaked for some time. The Nankeen Night Heron is also called the Rufous Night Heron.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS
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