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Herons Photographed in Lake and Coast Habitat

Herons (Ardeidae family) are part of the Pelecaniformes order but are traditionally listed under Ciconiiformes order. I photographed them in semi-urban lake environment and wetland reserve in Singapore, on the seashore in the Seychelles and in swamp and mudflats in Trinidad.

Grey Heron

The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) has an extremely large range being a native resident in large parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. Most of the images are of the subspecies A.c. jouyi a Singapore resident bird, which has black streaks on the neck and some black on the wings, this distinguishes it from the Ardea cinerea species found in Europe. The first image in the gallery is Ardea cinerea is an immigrant bird hunting on the seashore in the Seychelles. They feed on fish, young birds, small mammals and amphibians.

Great Blue, Great-billed, Purple, and Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Largest of the North American herons, the great blue heron (Ardea Herodias) feed in the same way as grey herons. I photographed the bird in Vancouver's Stanley Park in 2008, it was a miserable wet day.

The great-billed heron (Ardea sumatrana) are slightly taller than grey and purple herons and share similar habitats but can also be found in forest and mangroves where they feed on mud-skippers.

The purple heron (Ardea purpurea) images are of the subspecies A.p. manilensis, a resident Singapore bird. They have a similar range to the Grey heron, hunt, and occupy similar habitat.

Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea), subspecies N.v. cayennensis photographed in Trinidad’s Caroni Swamp. It’s a nocturnal bird with a similar distribution to the little blue heron, favouring mudflats and mangrove where it often feeds during the day.

Striated heron (Butorides striata) has a global range mainly through the tropical regions and further north and south in America and Africa. In Singapore, they hunt fish, crustacean, amphibians and insects using several strategies. Most often, they can be seen perched on a tree branch or riverbank. There are two subspecies found in Singapore javanicus a resident and amurensis a rare winter visitor.

In the Seychelles, the Striated Heron is the subspecies (Butorides striata degens) and the gallery shows images of a resident bird hunting fish on the seashore.

Butorides striata is a common resident in Trinidad where I photographed it along with the rarer Green Heron (Butorides virescens) in the lakes at La Vaga Estate. I also photographed what appears to be variant possible a hybrid between the Striated and Green Heron (Butorides striata x virescens). The last four images in the gallery show a green, a possible variant, a striated and finally another green.

Featured Heron, Pelecaniformes order

Ardeidae (Heron) family

Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias)

Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi)

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) Subspecies A.p. manilensis

Striated Heron (Butorides striata degens)

Striated Heron (Butorides striata) – Synonym Butorides striatus

Striated Heron (Butorides striatus javanicus) – Synonym of Butorides striata javanica

Variant (possible hybrid Striated x Green Heron) (Butorides striata x virescens)

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), subspecies N.v. cayennensis

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) Shoreline, Seychelles Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), flying, Singapore Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Keeping Watch, Singapore Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), About to Swallow Large Fish, Singapore Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Spreading Wings, Singapore Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), with Large Fish, Singapore Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Catching Fish, Singapore Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), at Pond in Labrador Nature Reserve, Singapore Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), flying, Jurong, Singapore Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), fish grabbed in mandibles, Jurong, Singapore Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Japanese Garden, Jurong, Singapore, 2013 Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), stabbing a fish which jumps out of water, Jurong, Singapore Striated Heron (Butorides striatus javanicus), classic hunting pose, Botanic Garden, Singapore Striated Heron (Butorides striatus javanicus), in water with fish, Jurong, Singapore Striated Heron (Butorides striatus javanicus), perch high on rock, Jurong, Singapore Striated Heron (Butorides striata javanica), with fish, Japanese Garden, Jurong, Singapore, 2015 Striated Heron (Butorides striatus javanicus), on bank with big fish, Singapore Striated Heron (Butorides striata degens), in surf with fish, Anse Bazarca, Seychelles Striated Heron (Butorides striata degens), hunting on shoreline, Anse Bazarca, Seychelles Striated Heron (Butorides striata degens), on shoreline, Anse Bazarca, Seychelles, 2011 Green Heron (Butorides virescens), La Vaga Lakes, Trinidad, 2015 Variant (possible hybrid Striated x Green Heron) (Butorides striata x virescens), La Vaga Lakes, Trinidad, 2015 Striated Heron (Butorides striata), La Vaga Lakes, Trinidad, 2015 Green Heron (Butorides virescens), La Vaga Lakes, Trinidad, 2015

Striated and Green Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Caroni Swamp, Trinidad, 2105Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias), Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada, 2008Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana), Sungei Buloh, Singapore, 2015 Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana) Chasing Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Sungei Buloh, Singapore, 2015