I see at least one heron on most of my walks by lakes and rivers and, until now, they’ve all been white-faced herons. The one above was one of several at Heirisson Island.
This one perched on the board-walk at Lake Joondalup for ages, watching me while I watched him.
It’s annoyed me for ages that my husband and son saw this white-necked heron while they were out kayaking, but I had never seen one. They aren’t as common as white-faced ones.
This weekend I was lucky enough to see 2 of them at a place I’d never visited before – Pipidinny swamp.
They seem much more shy than their white-faced cousins, and they’re quite a bit bigger. They both flew off before I’d even seen them. Luckily this one landed and let me creep close enough to get a photo.
When I looked on the Birdlife Australia sightings page, it turned out that lots of these Australian birds had arrived and been seen in the area recently. It would be great if they could hang around for long enough for me to see them again and maybe get some pictures from a little closer.