The Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) also commonly referred to as the Rufous Night Heron, and in Melanesia as Melabaob, is a medium-sized heron.
I can’t tell if this bird from Kakadu Yellow Waters is admiring himself or looking for food!
They have a large range in Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, and throughout much of Australia except the arid inland. A small colony has also established near Wanganui, New Zealand.
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Go away and let me sleep!
Beautiful close-ups here!
After doing a 3 hour hike on the Coquereli Circuit in the morning, we decided to do a more relaxing tour of Lac Ravelobe in Ankarafantsika in the afternoon.
As you can see, the Circuit Bateau on Lac Ravelobe is 20,000 Ariary per person with a 2 person minimum. As it happened, my husband and I were the only ones on the boat besides the boat driver and the guide.
It’s a beautiful, relaxing trip during which we saw lots of water birds – herons, egrets and even a fish eagle! The trip lasts only an hour which was a bit disappointing, I would have preferred to stay out a couple hours. I was hoping for Kingfishers but struck out.
A crocodile gives us they eye!
Madagascar Purple Heron
We had to get out and walk a bit to see the Fish Eagle. He remained far away so I couldn’t get a good shot.
Malagasy Pond Heron
Local fishing, apparently he isn’t afraid of the crocodile!
Local kids checking us out!