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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  • swaby
    swabyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow Deb you were there at just the right time! Amazing capture too!

  • Many thanks Tina, I’ve been trying to get a good shot of them for years but they’re very shy, they take off at the slightest sound!

    – byronbackyard

  • dan williams
    dan williamsover 2 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Many thanks Dan!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Great sight, well captured !

  • Many thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hedoff
    Hedoffover 2 years ago

    One in a lifetime shot there Deb

  • Many thanks, indeed it is … I’ve been trying to get a good shot of them for years and it was only that a whole lot of Council people were tromping around scaring them out of the melaleuca’s that I got a few shots!

    – byronbackyard

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture.

  • Many thanks Julie!

    – byronbackyard

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    great catch and great pic !

  • Many thanks Dean, very lucky one, they’re very hard to capture!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    November 8,2011

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    Your welcome :)

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

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