Non-Passerine Waterbirds I

Non-Passerine Waterbirds Photographed in their Natural Habitat

This is the first of two album pages that provide links to galleries featuring images of Non-Passerine Waterbirds1 in 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

Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) flying at Lakes Entrance in Gippsland, Victoria

This album includes galleries of herons, egrets, bitterns, cormorants, darters, spoonbills and ibises together with storks. These are cosmopolitan birds found in all regions except the Antarctic, although each family may have species that inhabit only part of an ecozone or region.

Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus australis) female foraging at Yellow Water Region in Northern Territories

Photo essays and action photographs of pelicans and storks displaying hunting and feeding behaviour. Brief discussion on milky and painted stork hybridisation in Singapore.

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea manilensis) closeup with stabbed fish at Japanese Garden in Singapore

Three photo essays and action photographs of purple, grey and striated herons displaying hunting and feeding behaviour together with a fourth gallery featuring a few other species of heron.

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) male perched in palm frond and hunting fish at Singapore's Botanic Gardens

Two photo essays and action photographs of bitterns and little egrets together with a third gallery featuring hunting and feeding behaviour of other species.

Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) feeding on fish at Camden Haven Inlet in New South Wales

Two galleries; the first features cormorant behaviours including a short photo essay of little pied cormorant feeding, while the second gallery displays darter behaviour.

Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) at flying and foraging at Orange Valley Mudflats

An image gallery featuring five species of ibis and spoonbill behaviour in fresh and saltwater habitat photographed in Australasia and Trinidad


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.