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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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous action shot!

  • Many thanks Angie!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    Wow they are really beautiful birds, good for you Deb! Excellent capture!

  • Many thanks Tina, I used to call them the ‘cow birds’ because they have that beautiful, rich, brown/cinnamon colouring!

    – byronbackyard

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