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Matuku moana (Reef Heron)

Egretta sacra


The dark-grey reef heron (matuku moana) eats small fish, crabs and molluscs, which they catch with a clever ploy: they spread their wings around in front and snap up the fish, which are attracted to the temporary shadow. This bird was spotted at Houghton bay, and unfortunately he didn't stay long, on the rocks of the west side, but flew to the direction of Waitaha cove...

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Interesting information -thanks. Looks like a great place for water birds. I can almost smell the ocean in your photos.....nice

Porirua, New Zealand

Lat: -41.34, Long: 174.78

Spotted on Oct 10, 2012
Submitted on Nov 17, 2012

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