17 April 2014

Pied Heron

great to see this handsome Heron, the first time I'd seen one of these ...

at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

from the fact sheet added at bottom of post, it tells that distribution is in Northern Australia, and parts of Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia





 Fact sheet here, from Perth Zoo, W.A.

24 comments:

Roy Norris said...

Thats a really dark colour, a kind of gunmetal.
So unusual Carole.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images Carole.

Montanagirl said...

I have never heard of this Heron. He's beautiful!!

TexWisGirl said...

wow!!! he's even more handsome than your white-faced herons!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great photos of this beautiful bird, Carole!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

How pretty- I haven't ever seen one before.

Gail Dixon said...

This is a new one for me! Absolutely striking and beautiful. Wonderful photos!

eileeninmd said...

Pretty Heron, it reminds me a little of our Blck-Crowned Night Heron.. Great shots, Carole! Have a happy weekend!

Brian King said...

Wow! This is the first time I've seen one. What a gorgeous heron!

Jan Castle said...

He looks blue in the first couple of pics, and dark gray in the rest of the pics!!!!! Can you clarify which is the true color????? I have a delicious Dee's Distinctively dies heron die and am never quite sure what color to make it.
Thanks,
Jan

Sharyl said...

I was going to say "I've never seen one before," then you said the same! I don't feel so bad about it now. What a great gift you've given us all, Carole! This one's a real beauty!

Carole M. said...

Jan: you asked about the variations in colour "what is its true colour". It seems to be a matter of lighting bouncing from those gunmetal grey coloured feathers (as Roy put it) ...there does seem to be some inherent peacock blue happening depending on the light source. When I look at Pied Heron IMAGES online, you will also note these same variations in photographs. Since there are many differing herons, you could make yours dark grey - light grey - or dark blue/grey, and even WHITE (for Great White Egret)

Evelyn S. said...

Fascinating bird, Carole! In the first image, I thought of Stampin' Up's "Not Quite Navy"! :-)

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Carole. Beautiful elegant Heron. I only had bread for the swans that day.

Isidro Ortiz said...

Buenas capturas de esta bonita Garza.Un abrazo

Irma said...

Great photos of this beautiful bird, Carole.
Greetings Irma

Tess @ Pro-tography 101 said...

I love that color on their back. I would love to run into that kind of bird here.

Carol Mattingly said...

Happy Easter Carole. You must know how I love herons. The pied is beautiful.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I find this bird to be very hard to get close to in the wild (not that I see that many!) - but they seem very flighty.

Glad you liked the wordy post.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Susan said...

Hi Carole, I enjoyed your photos of the Pied Heron - and his beautiful crest. Such an elegant bird and thank you for the fact sheet too :D)

EG CameraGirl said...

The colour is so much darker than any herons I have seen north of Toronto. A snappy dresser!

Magia da Inês said...

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Bela série de imagens.
A primeira foto é perfeita.

F░E░L░I░Z

P░Á░S░C░O░A !!!
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Helma said...

I think this is a whole separate heron.
In the Netherlands we do not know this is why blogging is so nice because then we can look at each other :-)

Ida said...

Beautiful bird. Love the colors of this bird and that top notch.