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


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  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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