A couple of weeks ago I tried to identify a pond-heron to species as it was showing early signs of breeding plumage, but in the end, lacked the confidence to call it for sure. Here‘s the bird in question.
What I am pretty sure is the same individual (same place, same habits), now looks like this. From the long predominantly white plumes developing at the back of head, coupled with the back and breast colours, I can now say for sure that this is a Javan, which is what I thought it was on Feb 13! We get Javan, Chinese and Indian at this site in April.
Another sequel to the last visit was the activities of a large Dog-faced Water Snake once again attracting the attentions of some nearby herons.
But I was wrong! I later found out the real reason why the herons were paying such close attention to the reptile, but I can’t reveal it here without stealing the thunder of Choo Eng, who is preparing a short write-up of the phenomenon. So if you really need to know, PM me!