A Nankeen night heron

@JudyEv (294192)
Rockingham, Australia
November 25, 2022 3:22am CST
I wrote once about Nankeen night herons (Nycticorax caledonicus) but had to use a photo from Wikimedia. Now I have an adequate photo of my own. We saw several at our last house-sit. This one was on the decking at the front of the house. It and Pepper regarded each other for a while but neither considered the other a threat and they each went their separate ways. They are supposed to emerge at twilight and roost during the day but we’ve seen them early afternoon here. They have a large head but short neck so much of the time they look very round-shouldered. They are also known as the ‘rufous night heron’ because of the rich cinnamon-coloured upperparts. He does look hunched over, doesn’t he?
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@DaddyEvil (103807)
• United States
25 Nov
He looks like he wants to take a bite of something right in front of him...
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
There wasn't much to eat right there but I guess he's watching for a fish.
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@DaddyEvil (103807)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv Is he close to the water there? It looks like he's holding onto a railing of some type.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@DaddyEvil Yes, he was on a bridge. I got photos of a different one on the private jetty but this one was on a footbridge.
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@Beestring (8706)
• Hong Kong
25 Nov
I like the colors of its feathers.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
He's not bright but he sort of looks distinguished.
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@Beestring (8706)
• Hong Kong
26 Nov
@JudyEv I agree.
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@DWDavis (20724)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
25 Nov
He does seem hunched and his tail feathers look very short. Is that a trick of the angle of the photo or do these birds have short tail feathers.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
They do have a stumpy tail. He looks 'old' hunched over like that.
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@Fleura (23158)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
They look as if they might overbalance because of their lack of much tail! Cool that he came to visit.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
The tail is very stumpy. I just like their hunched look.
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@just4him (268188)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Nov
He's a beautiful bird. I'm glad you got a good picture of him. Thanks for the info on him.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
You're welcome. I'm glad I have my own photo of him now.
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@LouAvul (2379)
25 Nov
He really does.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
He looks a bit old and worried. lol
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@allknowing (107944)
• India
26 Nov
It looked like it was not afraid of the camera A beautiful capture!!.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
He was quite tame really. We got quite close to him.
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@rebelann (103054)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Nov
That's a fairly large bird but I've never seen one before, I doubt we ever get them here. Yeah, he does look kinda hunched over.
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@rebelann (103054)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Nov
That explains it. Sometimes I wish dad had taken an assignment somewhere that had lakes and such, oh well, at least I live in a relatively safe area weatherwise.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@rebelann 'Safe' is very, very good!
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
They're water birds so you may not have them there.
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@RebeccasFarm (78033)
• United States
25 Nov
He does look hunched. What a treat to see him Judy thanks.
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• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv A lovely fellow
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
I'm glad I know have my own photo of him. He seemed quite tame really.
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@LadyDuck (417336)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
I like their cinnamon colour, it looks like he should lose the balance, but he is strongly attached to the railing.
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@LadyDuck (417336)
• Switzerland
26 Nov
@JudyEv He looks as he was a bit worried.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
He has big feet too which no doubt help.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@LadyDuck Yes, I think so too - as though he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.
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@wolfgirl569 (65369)
• Marion, Ohio
25 Nov
He does. I like the different colors
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@wolfgirl569 (65369)
• Marion, Ohio
26 Nov
@JudyEv The multiple is what makes it interesting. I see white, brown and a grayish
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
The colours are a bit drab but he's still attractive.
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@RubyHawk (77741)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Nov
Yes, he does look hunched over. He's a weird looking bird, or I should say, he doesn't look anything like birds I see.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
I was quite excited when I saw my first one a year or two ago. I had no idea what it was.
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@RubyHawk (77741)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Nov
@JudyEv It looks like a large bird.
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@LindaOHio (109627)
• United States
25 Nov
He has pretty colored feathers.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
He looks like an old man in a way.
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@LindaOHio (109627)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv lol Yes he does.
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@oahuwriter (27930)
• United States
26 Nov
Nice, he posed for you. Long legs and yes a very short neck. He does seem a bit hunched.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
He has a short tail too. And not very colourful.
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@oahuwriter (27930)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv Yes, like a sparrow, not much color, but a cute fellow.
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@GardenGerty (148214)
• United States
26 Nov
Hunched over, and bob tailed. Not at all like one would expect a heron to look. The colors are rich, though.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Like cats and dogs, maybe there are all sorts of herons
@popciclecold (27858)
• United States
25 Nov
So many different kinds of birds. Thanks for sharing.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
He is not the most brightly coloured but still quite attractive.
@BarBaraPrz (39362)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Nov
Too bad 'birdman' ratcliffe isn't here anymore to appreciate this.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Yes, I hate it when people leave. And often without warning.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48702)
• United States
25 Nov
What long legs.
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@JudyEv (294192)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
And big feet too!