Although the distribution of the Nankeen Night Heron is quite widespread, it is always something of a surprise when they turn up here at the Heyfield Golf Course dam. Mind you, they are welcome any time they like.
Two days ago I sprung these two when I was stalking something else. I’d spotted a small unrecognizable bird dive into some scrub beside the dam so I ducked home for the camera. Didn’t have any luck but the two herons flew up onto the top branches of an old euc and continued to watch, (stalk?), me. I was a long way off, but they watched every move I made until one flew off just as I tried to get into a position to snap both birds side by side.
It was though they knew what I was up to – just as I got into position, one took off.