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Smaller Herons and Bitterns

Indian Pond Heron
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'.

Indian Pond Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
(චීන කන-කොකා)
Ardeola bacchus

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Chinese Pond Heron
Striated Heron / Little Green Heron
Butorides striata

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

Striated Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron / Night Heron
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.

Images 7 and 8 of juveniles photographed in Diyawanna Oya area. Images 9 and 10 are from Lunugamwehera National Park.

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

This very rare beauty is Photographed in the Makandawa Forest Reserve, Kithulgala. It's a very shy bird who was very conscious about me getting closer and the photos had to be taken very far away. What a find.

Malayan Night-Heron
Yellow Bittern
(කහ මෙති-කොකා)
Ixobrychus sinensis

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

Images 6 to 8 are from Bundala National Park. Images 9 to 13 are of a juvenile photographed in the outskirts of Kataragama.

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

After waiting patiently for a long time for it to come out, I was able to photograph this shy and rare species in the Weerawila tank area. It was done over 2 mornings. Its a master of staying still so that it gets hidden among the swamps leaf's and debris. What a beauty!

Cinnamon Bittern
Black Bittern
(කලු පිලි-කොකා)
Dupetor flavicollis

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

Image 4 is from the outskirts of Gampaha.

Black Bittern
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