• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
Feel the intensity, not your equipment. Maximum image quality. Minimum weight. The new ZEISS SFL, up to 30% less weight than comparable competitors.

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

TwiddlingThumbs

Well-known member
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!
 

Attachments

  • DSC00343-crop.jpg
    DSC00343-crop.jpg
    212.4 KB · Views: 24
  • DSC00344-crop.jpg
    DSC00344-crop.jpg
    136.2 KB · Views: 16
  • DSC00334-crop.jpg
    DSC00334-crop.jpg
    174 KB · Views: 15
  • DSC00335-crop.jpg
    DSC00335-crop.jpg
    171.5 KB · Views: 12

TwiddlingThumbs

Well-known member
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.
 
Warning! This thread is more than 4 years ago old.
It's likely that no further discussion is required, in which case we recommend starting a new thread. If however you feel your response is required you can still do so.

Users who are viewing this thread

Top