One Word Photo Challenge: Heron


I had not planned to join in this challenge as I did not expect to get the opportunity to photograph herons. However, today I looked out my kitchen window  and saw several members of the plover family who have claimed the land between my garden and the power substation next door. Then I noticed that I had another visitor, one I had never seen in my garden before.

I believe this is a White-faced Heron, one of the most common types of heron found in Australia. Luckily I still had the long lens on the camera so I took a few photos through the window. I didn’t want to go outside because even if I didn’t scare it away Cindy would have wanted to come with me and she certainly would have although she doesn’t really chase birds any more.

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

5 thoughts on “One Word Photo Challenge: Heron

  1. Awesome 🙂 They don’t look much different than ours. Maybe a bit, but it’s hard to tell the difference. I usually have to search them during hikes outside of the city, it’s definitely possible to find them, but less likely in the city except near the rivers maybe… I’d be glad if one would land in front of my window 🙂 But good point, next difficulty would be if the right lens is attached in that moment 😛 Most of the time my 50mm is attatched, because that’s my city/food/people/objects lens now (laugh).. Just some weeks ago I was invited by my mom, she wanted to cook and I went there with my 50mm lens because taking photos of food…. sitting at the balcony I hear the unmistakable scream of a red kite in the air. You don’t see them often flying over the city, but of course when they do, you have the wrong lens with you 😀

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    • Usually I have my 18-50mm zoom attached as that is my everyday lens but as it happened I had not removed the long lens after my visit to the set of the TV show on Tuesday so I was lucky although I would have had time to go and get it as the heron was there for quite some time. The plovers decided that there was enough food for everyone.

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  2. How amazing to get this visitor to your garden. I love your photographs.
    I saw this heron when I visited Australia. We have a similar one here called a grey heron.


    • I was amazed to see it the same week as there was a photo challeng for Heron. I don’t live far from the water but have never had one visit before although the bird site says it is not unusual for them to visit gardens.

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