Non-Passerine Waterbirds Photographed in their Natural Habitat

This is the second of two album pages provides links to galleries that feature images of Non-Passerine Waterbirds1 that occupy various water habitats. Each primary gallery displays adult portraits of individual species and juvenile/immature birds when I’ve been able to photograph them. For some species, a second webpage or gallery supplements the portrait Album page to features behaviour such as foraging, hunting, feeding and action including flight.

Waterbird Photo Albums

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) at Mamukala Wetlands in Kakadu National Park

An album featuring a large group of cosmopolitan birds placed in several Avian Orders. They inhabit coastal, wetland and a variety of terrestrial environments around the world.

Red-billed Gull Red-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae scopulinus) at Stewart Island in New Zealand

This album includes galleries of gulls, skimmers and terns. These cosmopolitan birds that inhabit all regions of the world. They are mainly costal birds that, but also occupy a wide variety of inland habitats.

American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) at Punta Cormorant on Floreana

A small album featuring grebe and flamingos. Grebes occupy freshwater habitat in summer and marine waters in winter while flamingos prefer saline, brackish or alkaline waterbodies.

Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata) at Singapore Botanic Gardens

This album includes a single gallery of rails, coots and cranes. Habitat for these birds is wetland, grassland, forest and dense scrub. Distribution is worldwide, except for polar regions and waterless deserts.

Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah rufitergum) at Cairns Botanic Gardens in Queensland

The waterfowl album includes several galleries of waterfowl. Habitat is areas of wetlands such as marshes, rivers, lakes, ponds and oceans. Distribution is worldwide, except Antarctica.


1 My waterbird albums include bird families listed in the Ramsar Convention. These are placed in the following Aves Orders: (i) Pelecaniformes (Pelicans, Herons, Ibis and Spoonbills); (ii) Suliformes (Cormorants and Darters); (iii) Ciconiiformes (Storks); (iv) Charadriiformes (Waders/Shorebirds and Gulls); (v) Phoenicopteriformes (Flamingos); (vi) Podicipediformes (Grebe); (vii) Gruiformes (Rails and Coots) and (viii) Anseriformes (Ducks, Geese and Swans). The Ramsar Convention also includes Auks (Charadriiformes) and Boobies/Frigatebirds (Suliformes) but I prefer to include them in my Non-Passerine Seabird Albums.