This Heron is one of a number of birds that adorn the Lord Howe Island area. There are boobies, shearwaters, frigate birds and many other sea birds in and around the islands. There are rails and wood hens, famous for feeding the initial settlers, on land. And this heron standing tall and modeling itself and it’s gorgeous plumage down at the beach for the tourists. It was quite unworried about all the holiday makers when I was there a few months ago, probably very used to strutting its stuff before an audience!
I do not usually go hunting to take bird pictures, but it is difficult when on Lord Howe Island to not hunt for them. Wonderful birds are everywhere, diving and wheeling around the sky, sitting in trees, and strutting their stuff on the beach like this one. It is a remarkable and must see island!
Canon 5D MkIII, Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS L Lens.