Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Pacific reef Heron of Neil Island

A Pacific reef Heron of Neil Island
He's not practicing how to walk on heels, it is the signature stance for all Herons!
This photo post on a dark grey variety of pacific reef heron from Neil Island is to let my blogger friends and readers know that I actually photographed more things in that earthly paradise other than simply spending "quality photographic hours" which I mentioned in my yesterday's post. Neil Island is a small but extremely picturesque island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located around 40 kilometers north-east of Port Blair. This island used to be the first choice of tourists looking for pristine beach and crystal clear sea water!
A Pacific reef Heron of Neil Island
This is not at all a heron stance... looks more like a vigilant coastal guard or a movie star!
The Pacific reef Heron is commonly found is oceanic regions of India, southeast Asia, Japan, Polynesia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Don't know if you've noticed them but I have spotted a plenty of these herons in rice fields of rural Bengal. If you have fair knowledge on birds please correct my assumption as I admit my weakness in spotting birds.
A Pacific reef Heron of Neil Island
You know why I prefer B&W photography? It's because, characters speak instead of colors.
After finishing the local sightseeing of the island I indulged in coral watching on glass-bottom boat, followed by riding water scooter. You'll be amazed by three shades of greenish blue sea water distinctly separated from one another as if portrayed in an artist's canvas. While waddling on waist-high clear water... feeling pieces of corals under your soft soles... spotting water birds... catching excitements of other tourists... perceiving the warmth in young couples... ah what can be better time-pass for a solo traveler!
A Pacific reef Heron of Neil Island
Pacific reef herons feed on marine fish, arthropods, molluscs etc 
Birdwatching is easier than bird photography but I fancy for the later. There were different varieties of coastal birds in the island. Walking against waist-high water can be quite exhaustive, doesn't matter how appealing the cool blue water looks. I could capture few birds though, and here you're seeing a charcoal grey morph of pacific reef heron. I'm not a racist, so didn't bother to search for the white variety of this heron (joke?). Other than the charcoal grey plumage I mentioned before, this heron had stout yellow legs, brown beak and golden yellowish eyes. I might post more photos from my Neil Island photo archive. That's all for today... see you folks. 
A Pacific reef Heron of Neil Island
Scientific name of Pacific reef heron is Egretta Sacra; you're right, this' the very reason I hated biology!

16 comments:

  1. Well, I draw a consensus now that you did a lot of bird watching no photographing there. Jokes apart, the pictures are splendid and so is the information provided. Waiting for more captures :)

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    1. Happy to stand with clean hands and regained faith of friends :-P

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  2. Wonder why you had to walk against the waist length water because even the heron isnt ! 😱

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    1. Perhaps I was luring them into the sea to help sharks ;-)

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    2. Ah yes , you would make a mighty feast for the shark and the heron can be the dressing 😉

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    3. I heard medicos watch a lot of cannibal movies... true? :-D

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  3. Yup. As far as the pics go, i think i have seen similar variety of herons..when I went to my mom's native town..in Andhra Pradesh. They were white and i have seen some perched on top of buffaloes grazing the fields! That was when i decided to like these birds..riding a buffalo is no mean feat..! :P ;)
    Nice clicks by the way...and ya..i do agree you took pics of Neil Island other than..ahem.

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    1. Hahahaa.... BTW, I too have seen such, i.e. heron sitting on buffaloes... I think that has some symbiotic mechanism... and, last but not the least, I'm Happy to stand with clean hands and regained faith of friends :-P

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  4. Nice clicks though I wish they were in color....

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    1. Prasad, I'm getting fascinated to the non-color version day by day... colors attract me less :-/

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  5. I like the pics in B&W...monochrome attracts me a lot too... the bird was searching for food , I surmise... :-)

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    1. I second your assumption Maniparna... thanks for appreciating B&W :-))

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    1. You already have enough colorful peacocks to poo on your balcony... I think these are harmless in that regard :-P

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