The stunning Javan Pond Heron

Post image for The stunning Javan Pond Heron

by DaleForbes on September 18, 2011 · 3 comments

in Birding Asia, Digiscoping & Bird Photography

Gulls do not excite me. I am slowly starting to develop an addiction to waders, but Pond Herons, they really do it for me. I am a late-comer to Pond Herons, only having seen my first Ardeola Pond Heron in July of 2011. But it was love at first sight.

Javan Pond Heron putting on his serious face

Heading down toward Kaeng Krachan National Park, Alex Vargas (birdingblogs’ newest member) took us off to the famous Laem Pak Bia salt marshes and mangroves; and Pak Thale – famous for Spoonbilled Sandpipers in Winter. No Spoonbilled Sandpipers or Nordman’s Greenshanks around in August, but there was tons to keep us entertained. With more patience than a Tibetan hermit monk, Alex drove me from Javan Pond Heron to Javan Pond Heron, with me making him stop at every single one there was about. Anywhere. And there were tons of them. Everywhere. Bless the man. How on earth did he not manage to flip out and develop a complex against mad South Africans with a crush on Pond-Herons?

I think I could probably fill a hard-drive with all the photos of Pond Herons I took that day

So we cruised up and down taking photos from the car and sorting back through them now, the bird still strikes me as ridiculously beautiful.

Javan Pond Heron, Cattle Egret and Black-winged Stilt

Posing for a profile shot. Uncropped.

Feeding time. Like other similar small herons, the Javan Pond Heron seemed to be very patient. Maybe my (wonderfully patient) host was a Heron?

This Pond Heron had had enough of me and my camera. He decided to hide (with the effectiveness of the average Ostrich)

This Pond Heron picked out some ridiculously green grass to help his colours stand out. He succeeded in looking bold.

So having said nothing of any interest to anyone else, I will leave you – dear reader – with a promise. Before I die, I shall see as many Pond Herons as I can possibly fit in. Unless of course I get distracted by a chase after some pittas.

All photos digiscoped with a Swarovski STM80, TLS800 and a Canon 5D mark II from Alex’s car and super-duper window-mount. All images uncropped and without any tlc from photoshop.

 

Happy digiscoping,
Dale Forbes

 

 

Random Posts:


Similar Posts:

    DaleForbes:Hey, I’ve also been to Laem Pak Bia!: Alex Vargas – our Costa Rican birder/photographer/birdingblogs blogger living in Thailand – is curre
    Category:Birding AsiaDigiscoping & Bird Photography

    Alex Vargas:Laem Pak Bia, another Bird-Photo Hotspot in Thailand!: Several hotspots in the Laem Pak Bia area, are worth to mention, as these produce great birding and
    Category:Birding Asia

    DaleForbes:A Bird Photo Hide in Thailand (part 1): Thailand offers a rich splendour of wildlife and birding opportunities and Kaeng Krachan National Pa
    Category:Birding AsiaDigiscoping & Bird Photography

    DaleForbes:Birding & Diving Kho Tao, Thailand: We spent the last week of our summer holidays on the beautiful island of Koh Tao off the east coast
    Category:Birding AsiaDigiscoping & Bird Photography

    Alex Vargas:A Date with a Big Bill: The Stork-billed Kingfisher is one of the largest and most difficult -to photograph- Halcyonidaes of
    Category:Birding AsiaDigiscoping & Bird Photography

Subscribe Now

If you enjoyed this post, you will definitely enjoy our others. Subscribe to the feed to get instantly updated for those awesome posts soon to come.

BirdingBlogs.com gives you top birding content every day!

  • Don Gato

    It was fun and a pleasure sharing the birds of my turf with you Dale… It is simple to be patience when you are sharing with someone what you like, my friend…  =)

  • Rebecca Armstrong

    Lovely post and great photos!

  • Pingback: Laem Pak Bia Birding, Thailand

Previous post:

Next post: