These unusual-looking birds are not commonly seen in the baths, though now and then they make an appearance.
They’re called Striated Herons, and they are wary birds with dark feathers and black heads. Crouching as they stalk their prey, these birds are most likely to be found on mudflats and in mangroves as they search for crabs.
A Striated Heron
I was stumped when I first spotted this wary-looking bird. It had been making its way along the shore, crouching as it stalked its prey of small crabs that live in the mudflats there.
Armed with a number of photographs I’d taken of it, I sought to find out its identity. And I did: it’s a Striated Heron.
It isn’t common around here. Despite visiting this area very often, I have spotted it only a few times.
I’ll bet the crabs are pleased about this…
A Striated Heron on the Shore
Just a few days ago, an uncommon visitor graced our river baths.
We were puzzled at first. In the distance it looked a little like a Kiwi. But of course it wasn’t.
It was in fact a Striated Heron.
It turned up again the next day, but I haven’t seen it since. And I’m not surprised, since as a regular visitor to the are I have seen it very rarely.
It’s a wary bird that crouches as it stalks its meal of crabs. And believe me there are plenty of very small ones on the mudflats and sand-coated areas within the baths.
Another subject for a post??