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Indian Pond Heron
Indian Pond Heron

As I positioned myself for a low angle photograph of the action going on in the nearby water body of Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur one morning, this chap came and sat right in front of me on a sleek branch tried to balance himself. Offhhh.. tried to focus on his, but unfortunately could not as he was not in the range of the shooting distance.. With this chap happens to be one of the common ones, is more often ignored. Similiar was my reaction. I felt, missing on any action with Grey Heron, Great Egret, Painted Storks in the waterbody. I waited and could manage to click few action shots (some posted on this site). After spending some time, I picked up my stuffs and was about to leave as I saw this chap was still perching on the same branch (as if he was) patiently and carefully observing my moves..

With perfect sunlight and adpt background, I could not resit myself. Took few steps back and captured him hand headed from my baazooka.

The Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird is a small heron. They are widespread and common but can be easily missed when they stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when they roost close to human habitations. They are however distinctive when put to flight, the bright white wings flashing in contrast to the cryptic streaked olive and brown colours of the body. The camouflage is so excellent that they will often allow humans to approach very close before taking to flight, and this has resulted in folk names and beliefs that the birds are short-sighted or blind.

They appear stocky with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed from their dull colours when they take to flight, when the white of the wings makes them very prominent.

They are very common in India, and are usually solitary foragers but numbers of them may sometimes feed in close proximity during the dry seasons when small wetlands have a high concentration of prey. They are semi-colonial breeders. They may also forage at garbage heaps. During dry seasons, they sometimes take to foraging on well watered lawns or even dry grassland. When foraging, they allow close approach and flush only at close range. They sometimes form communal roosts, often in avenue trees over busy urban areas.

Disclamer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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