Heron, Nankeen Night

Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus). Short necked heron. Crown and nape black. Back and wings chestnut red. Under face white. On side of neck chestnut and white blended.
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This species is one of five sub-species and is only found along the whanganui river. It is a recent coloniser being seen as a rare vagrant from 1845 but noticed in the early 1990s along the Whanganui river and breeding.
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