Another White-necked Heron sighting

Earlier in the week I wrote about a sighting of a White-necked Heron near Meadows in the Adelaide Hills. I commented that I have rarely seen this species over the years as a birder, despite it being widespread throughout much of Australia.

Well – I saw another one yesterday. It was in the same spot as the sighting earlier in the week, so presumably it was the same bird. This time I had my camera with me.

White-necked Heron

White-necked Heron

The photo is not as good as I would have liked. This was because the bird was some 80-100 metres away. Click on the photo to enlarge the image.

This species has eluded me on many birding trips. Now that I’ve seen one twice in the same week, I’ll probably see them everywhere.

I hope that rule also applies to the Glossy Ibis. This ibis has frustrated me endlessly. I’ve seen it from only a metre away in a walk through aviary at the Adelaide Zoo, but I have yet to see one in its natural habitat. I am hoping that once I see my first one, I’ll see them everywhere. That appears to be an unwritten Law of Birding.


2 Responses to “Another White-necked Heron sighting”

  1. John Tongue says:

    Hi Trevor,
    We usually reckon that once you see a “lifer” that has eluded you for some time, you are bound to see another one in a very short space of time!!

  2. Trevor says:

    I think that this is one of those strange universal laws at work. Thanks for the comment John.

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