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Indian Pond Heron

Ardeola grayii


White-grey feathers , a maroony-brown patch on its back during the breeding season, and a yellow beak with a blue-black tip. Not a rare bird...but I snapped it in an unusual place.


The entire month of July it has been raining practically non stop thanks to a series of low pressure depressions in the Bay of Bengal. Cyclone Komen has brought yet more nonstop heavy rains and the roads in front of my house are waterlogged...the rainwater drains on either side of the road are overflowing. The 3 jheels (large lakes) behind my house have overflowed too and all sorts of tiny fish are in the drains...and in the water flowing over the road...opportunity for local urchins and birds alike.

Notes: " Fascinatingly, its legs change colour in the breeding season, turning from green to bright yellow during the months of March to September."

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Aug 1, 2015
Submitted on Aug 1, 2015


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