striated heron

one crazy looking bird

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striated heron

The Striated Heron is known by a number of names including Mangrove, Little or Green-backed Heron. They stand still at the water’s edge and wait to ambush prey, eating mainly small fish, frogs and aquatic insects. They are quite smart fishermen, using feathers or leaves as bait, dropping them on the surface of the water and picking off fish that come to investigate. They are kind of crazy looking with their low crouch, wild eyes and feather head-dress. While I have seen them where I live on the New South Wales north coast, this one was at the mariner on Magnetic Island which lies off Townsville in Queensland’s north.