Larger Herons, Eurasian Bittern, and White Egrets

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Goliath Heron
(යෝධ කොකා)
Ardea goliath

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Vagrant species
 
Purple Heron-4
Purple Heron-4

Photographed in dried up up part of the Siyambalankattuwa Lake.

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Purple Heron-1
Purple Heron-1

Photographed in Kuchaveli.

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Purple Heron-6
Purple Heron-6

Photographed at Thalanga lake.

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Purple Heron-4
Purple Heron-4

Photographed in dried up up part of the Siyambalankattuwa Lake.

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Purple Heron
(කරවැල් කොකා)
Ardea purpurea

Images 1 and 2 from Kuchaveli in the extreme east of Sri Lanka where he was basking in the morning sun.

 

Extremely sensitive to human beings I am amazed by there size of the feet.

Image 5 from Diyasaru park, Thalawathugoda where it was hunting fish. Image 6 from Thalangama tank area.

 
Grey Heron-3
Grey Heron-3

From Bundala National Park.

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Grey Heron-1
Grey Heron-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo watering hole.

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Grey Heron-9
Grey Heron-9

Photographed at the small lake inside the Dehiwala Zoo

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Grey Heron-3
Grey Heron-3

From Bundala National Park.

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Grey Heron
(අලු කොකා)
Ardea cinerea

First one seen in the waterhole inside the Dehiwala zoo.
 

Others are from the Bundala National Park.

 
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Eurasian Bittern
(යුරැසියා පන්-කොකා)
Botaurus stellaris

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
 
Intermediate Egret-6
Intermediate Egret-6

Photographed at Diyawanna Oya.

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Intermediate Egret-1
Intermediate Egret-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Intermediate Egret-5
Intermediate Egret-5

Photographed at Diyawanna Oya.

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Intermediate Egret-6
Intermediate Egret-6

Photographed at Diyawanna Oya.

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Intermediate Egret / Median Egret
(සුදු මැදි-කොකා)
Egretta intermedia

Seen in the paddy fields around Malabe.

 
Great Egret-3
Great Egret-3

Photographed at Bundala National Park.

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Great Egret-1
Great Egret-1

Photographed on a waterway near the Parliament.

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Great Egret-2
Great Egret-2

Photographed on a waterway near the Parliament.

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Great Egret-3
Great Egret-3

Photographed at Bundala National Park.

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Great Egret / Large Egret
(මහ සුදු කොකා)
Egretta alba

This one is a constant visitor to the Diyawanna waterway at Baththaramulla. I have seen him many times while traveling on the road and finally decided to get down and take a picture using my point-and-shoot which I have kept in my vehicle most of the time.

 

The last image is from Bundala National Park where a big one was catching fish at the water's edge.

 
Little Egret-6
Little Egret-6

Photographed at Diyawanna Oya.

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Little Egret-2
Little Egret-2

Photographed during river safari in Madu Ganga.

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Little Egret-5
Little Egret-5

Photographed at Diyawanna Oya.

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Little Egret-6
Little Egret-6

Photographed at Diyawanna Oya.

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Little Egret
(පුන්චි ඇලි කොකා)
Egretta garzetta

Photographed first during 'Madu Ganga' river safari, this guy was perched atop a Prawn farm enclosure.

Next set of photographs from Diyawanna Oya area.

 
Western Reef Egret-1
Western Reef Egret-1

Photographed at the Talai Mannar beach.

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Western Reef Egret-2
Western Reef Egret-2

Photographed at the Talai Mannar beach.

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Western Reef Egret-5
Western Reef Egret-5

Photographed at Bundala National Park.

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Western Reef Egret-1
Western Reef Egret-1

Photographed at the Talai Mannar beach.

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Western Reef Egret / Indian Reef Heron
(බටහිර පර ඇලි-කොකා)
Egretta gularis

The dark morph of a Western Reef Egret was first captured at the Talai Mannar beach. He was roaming around in the mud and garbage around the fishing huts in the beach. 

I came across another in Bundala National Park on a later date.

 
Cattle Egret-7
Cattle Egret-7

Photographed in the mashes surrounding Thalangama lake.

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Cattle Egret-1
Cattle Egret-1

Photographed near my ancestral home in Galle.

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Cattle Egret-8
Cattle Egret-8

Photographed in the mashes surrounding Thalangama lake.

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Cattle Egret-7
Cattle Egret-7

Photographed in the mashes surrounding Thalangama lake.

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Cattle Egret
(ගව කොකා)
Bubulcus coromandus

Seen in Galle next to my father's ancestral home. It has a beautiful orange tint which is its breeding plumage.

Image 2 and 3 are of an egret in non-breeding plumage.

Images 4 to 8 are from the Thalngama lake area where this beauty in breeding plumage put on a show for me.