Waterbird Photo Albums

The first of two waterbird album collections that group together birds from the oldest in time-ordered evolutionary history, see Taxonomy note below. Each primary gallery displays adult portraits of individual species and juvenile/immature birds when I’ve been able to photograph them. Additional galleries supplement the portrait galleries to features behaviours such as foraging, hunting, feeding and action including flight.

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.

American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) at Punta Cormorant on Floreana

The photo album features grebe and flamingos. Grebes occupy freshwater habitat in summer and marine waters in winter while flamingos prefer saline, brackish or alkaline water bodies.

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

This album display rails, coots and cranes have a worldwide distribution except for polar regions and waterless deserts. Habitat includes wetlands, grassland, forest, and dense scrub.

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

The photo album displays 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 coastal birds that, but also occupy a wide variety of inland habitats.

Waterbird Photo Album Taxonomy

The first in a series of three waterbird photo albums. The simplified family tree shows the arrangement of high-level bird clades and orders relevant to the Waterbirds Albums. Hierarchy is a time-ordered evolutionary history, oldest first, based on the Taxonomy in Flux Checklist. The album includes five from the Ramsar Convention list that includes families from fifteen Aves orders. Charadriiformes contains several families that I split between the waterbird and seabird albums.

Waterfowl album contains order Anseriformes (Ducks, Geese and Swans), the oldest waterbirds in evolutionary history and sister to Galliformes (Landfowl) featured in Landbirds Photo Album.

Grebes and Flamingos comprise two sister orders: Podicipediformes and Phoenicopteriformes, respectively both part of Mirandornithes clade.

Rails, Coots and Cranes belong to Gruiformes order.

Waders/Shorebirds and Gulls display some families placed in Charadriiformes. Charadriiformes include Auks featured in the Penguin & Auks in Seabirds Photo Album.

Figure showing a simplified taxonomy family tree applicable to Waterbirds Photo Albums
Figure showing a simplified taxonomy family tree applicable to Waterbirds Photo Albums