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Javan or Chinese Pond Herons, Singapore, April 2019 (1 Viewer)


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Was looking for the Javan Pond Heron in this area where it has been seen in the past seasons and just a few days ago. Saw a few Pond Herons that were transitioning to breeding plumage. Not sure if they can be identified positively. Sorry for the mediocre photo quality.

Photo 1 - The bird in the background seem to have a more buff colour on the head and neck as compared to the bird in the foreground. In comparison, the colour of the bird in the foreground is darker/more brown and something I see in quite a lot of Chinese Pond Herons locally. Could the bird in the background be a Javan Pond Heron assuming breeding plumage?

Photo 2 - Same bird as the one in the background of photo 1.

Photos 3 & 4 are of the same bird. Colours are a little lighter than what I'm used to seeing in Chinese Pond Herons. Maybe it is in the range of variation? Or could this be a Javan Pond Heron?

Hope someone with experience in Pond Herons can help out. Help appreciated!


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Thanks, Andy! Our window of opportunity is quite short from when they assume breeding plumage to when they leave our shores. Will just have to try again.
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