new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
img019 Nankeen (Roufus) Night Heron | by River Dweller
Back to album

img019 Nankeen (Roufus) Night Heron

The strange name Nankeen was populary known for in earlier days for a buff coloured cotton cloth imported from Nanking in china. This elegant bird which sports usually two long head plumes throughout the year is essentially nocturnal in habits. it is widespread across the continent in a varied habitat which includes swamps lagoons rivers and mangroves. It feeds mainly on fish but also takes a variety of other aquatic prey, insects and mice.

 

Breeds September - March/April. Nests in a tree high above the water, also on ground in a treeless area.

 

This is a juvenile

 

Younghusband South Australia.

 

Member of the Flickr Bird Brigade

Activists for birds and wildlife

    

335 views
13 faves
51 comments
Taken on August 2, 2012