If like me you are an inexperienced birder, it's helpful to take along someone who knows what to look for and where to look! The Nankeen night heron above was almost impossible to spot high up in the paperbark trees that grow around the swampy edges of Herdsman Lake. The conversation in hushed tones went like this.. P pointing up 'see there it is' me 'where', P 'right there', me looking through my long lens 'oh there!' You can see what I mean below, if you didn't know that they were there you wouldn't right :)
So much easier to see when sitting out in the open on the top of the branches.. nankeen night heron mug shots below :) Still a few months away from breeding season it was without the two or three white head plumes that are it's breeding plumage. I might have to return in September to see that! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..