Smaller Herons and Bitterns

Indian Pond Heron-7
Indian Pond Heron-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Indian Pond Heron-1
Indian Pond Heron-1

Photographed in the paddy fields near Malabe.

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Indian Pond Heron-6
Indian Pond Heron-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Indian Pond Heron-7
Indian Pond Heron-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Indian Pond Heron
(කන-කොකා)
Ardeola grayii

One of the most common herons in Sri Lanka, these guys can be seen almost everywhere in the country.

 

Image 1 taken at Yala national park. 2nd near paddy fields in Malabe. Next ones at 'Madu Ganga'.

 
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Chinese Pond Heron
(චීන කන-කොකා)
Ardeola bacchus

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Vagrant species
 
Striated Heron-1
Striated Heron-1

Photographed around Wet Water Resort, Gampaha.

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Striated Heron-2
Striated Heron-2

Photographed around Wet Water Resort, Gampaha.

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Striated Heron-3
Striated Heron-3

Photographed around Wet Water Resort, Gampaha.

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Striated Heron-1
Striated Heron-1

Photographed around Wet Water Resort, Gampaha.

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Striated Heron / Little Green Heron
(කඩොල්-කොකා)
Butorides striata

This hunter was seen in the water way next to Wet Water Resort, Gampaha.

 
Black-crowned Night-Heron-1
Black-crowned Night-Heron-1

Photographed close to the watering hole inside the Dehiwala Zoo.

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Black-crowned Night Heron-2
Black-crowned Night Heron-2

Photographed close to the watering hole inside the Dehiwala Zoo.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron-6
Black-crowned Night-Heron-6

Photographed at Diyawanna Oya area.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron-1
Black-crowned Night-Heron-1

Photographed close to the watering hole inside the Dehiwala Zoo.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron / Night Heron
(රෑ-කොකා)
Nycticorax nycticorax

Seen near the water hole inside the Dehiwala zoo. There is a large colony of these ones inside the zoo. The 3rd picture is of a juvenile heron. It's amazing how they completely change when they become adults.

Image 6 of two juveniles photographed at Diyawanna Oya.

 
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Malayan Night-Heron / Malay Bittern
(මලයා තම්බල-කොකා)
Gorsachius melanolophus

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Yellow Bittern-6
Yellow Bittern-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Yellow Bittern-1
Yellow Bittern-1

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Yellow Bittern-8
Yellow Bittern-8

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Yellow Bittern-6
Yellow Bittern-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Yellow Bittern
(කහ මෙති-කොකා)
Ixobrychus sinensis

Photographed at Bundala National Park, this small bittern is a beauty. How he wags his tail when hunting is very amusing.

 
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Cinnamon Bittern / Chestnut Bittern
(කහබොර මෙති-කොකා)
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

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Black Bittern-2
Black Bittern-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Black Bittern-1
Black Bittern-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Black Bittern-3
Black Bittern-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Black Bittern-2
Black Bittern-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Black Bittern
(කලු පිලි-කොකා)
Dupetor flavicollis

Seen at a small pond in Kuchchaveli, this beautiful bird took flight as soon as I was a little too close.