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nankeen night heron

nankeen night heron Nycticorax calidonicus in outback Queensland

Nankeen night heron Nycticorax caledonicus IMG 5135 - These attractive birds, despite their name, are frequently out and about during daylight hours, and are usually seen on the forested banks of streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands where they hunt for the small fish, crustaceans, and frogs that form the major part of their diet. This photo, of a juvenile bird in the wild, was taken as it was resting beside a small stream near the tiny Queensland opal mining town of Yowah in the Australian outback.

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