Down At The Lake – Part 1, Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

I took my camera with me down to a small local lake this morning and was rewarded with the sight of a bird i have rarely seen before, which although not so uncommon around the world, as they are seen on just about every continent, in the part of the world i live in you don’t see them all that often, and especially not perched in a weeping wattle tree!

As he was sitting 4 metres (13ft) up and about 30 metres (100ft) away and i was shooting without a tripod this time, i was unsure how well the images would turn out. I was very pleasantly surprised. 🙂

The bird is a Striated Heron, also known as a Mangrove Heron or Little Heron – Isn’t he beautiful?

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The archetypal pose, on one leg. 🙂




  1. What fabulous captures! And the lighting…just perfect. It was meant for you to be there at that time!

    We commonly see blue herons in my neck of the woods. I love the striated fellow. I don’t believe I’ve seen any of his relatives around here, but I will be sure to look more closely. Thank you for sharing! xo

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    • Kismet maybe? 🙂

      Thank you for your warm comments, i truly appreciate them. 🙂

      One of his (many) names is Mangrove Heron so if you ever visit them you might be lucky and see a relative of his? (Not sure what time of year they visit the US…. Summer/Fall maybe??

      Take care. 🙂


    • Thank you! He ‘gets around’ but he does have some pretty good camouflage and it might be that he’s often found out at night time as another name is the Night heron!? 🙂

      I was lucky i spotted him AND had my camera handy.

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    • There does seem to be many names for this bird! Night heron is another, and the confusing Green or Green-backed heron??

      Thank you Spike. 🙂


  2. I was quite struck by the pattern on the heron and the pattern in the foliage. This bird just seems to belong there, yet you mentioned that he (or she) is not often seen on a weeping wattle tree. Since I have never seen either tree or bird, I appreciate being introduced to more of the wonderful natural world of Australia.

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    • Thanks Carol!

      He certainly has excellent camouflage, not ot mention beautiful patterns to his feathers, 🙂
      Like most herons he is a wading hunter, he would not normally dive on his prey from 4 metres up in a tree! 🙂


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