Striated Heron

Here are a couple of photos of a bird that was new to me at the time, a Striated Heron, Butorides striata.

dark bird on boat railing
Striated Heron, Butorides striata, at the Ross Creek marina

Ian Montgomery of Birdway, who was kind enough to identify it for me, mentioned  that it is rather similar to a Black Bittern (my first guess) and that Striated Herons are often more reddish brown in NQ than elsewhere.

Heron on railing - closer view
The same bird in a little more detail

I took these photos eighteen months ago but mislaid them. In the circumstances, a further delay of a couple of weeks doesn’t seem to matter so I have set up this post (and a few more) to appear automatically while I am away on holiday, discovering unfamiliar parts of SE Asia.

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