White Faced Heron

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I had to work at getting thise close to this bird with a 400mm lens – Herons and egrets are very jumpy birds. I spent about half an hour edging over closer across the rocks until I was shooting portraits.Taken near Port Arthur, Tasmania.

The White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae, (formerly Ardea novaehollandiae), often known incorrectly as the Grey Heron, is a common bird throughout most of Australasia, including New Guinea, the islands of Torres Strait, Indonesia, New Zealand, the islands of the sub-Antarctic, and all but the driest areas of Australia. It is a relatively small heron, pale, slightly bluish-grey in colour, with yellow legs and white facial markings. It can be found almost anywhere near shallow water, fresh or salt, and although it is prompt to depart the scene on long, slow-beating wings if disturbed, it will boldly raid suburban fish ponds.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-faced_Heron

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