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Indian Pond Heron

Ardeola grayii


Look at those toes! Stocky, small heron. White when it flies. Buff- coloured at rest...helps it to crouch invisibly on pond banks. Chest shows a sort of wavy, stripy pattern.


Usually never perches on electric wires/cable lines but this one did. Urban residential area with lots of ponds/lakes nearby.


This is such a common bird in these parts I took the photograph because it perched on a wire.

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SukanyaDatta 9 months ago

Thanks Brian, true...what you say.

Brian38 9 months ago

Interesting spotting, Sukanya, and it's always fascinating to see different ways of how birds adapt to their environs.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jan 9, 2021
Submitted on Jan 10, 2021

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