Core Waterbirds Album
These photo albums group together core waterbird families placed under the same and related Aves orders. Each primary gallery displays adult portraits of individual species and juvenile/immature birds when I’ve been able to photograph them. Additional galleries supplements the portrait galleries to features behaviour such as foraging, hunting, feeding and action including flight.
Bitterns and egrets are from the same family as herons. The habitat they occupy is the same as herons. Egrets are similar in size to herons, but bitterns are much smaller and more agile.
Pelicans and storks families belong to different Aves Orders. These are large cosmopolitan birds that are similar in size. Pelicans habitat is open water, while storks occupy a variety of wetland habitats with some species in grassland and forest areas.
The Ramsar Convention lists the species of birds that are “ecologically dependent upon wetlands” and takes a whole-taxon approach in defining these waterbird families. However, the holistic approach does result in the inclusion of a few non-wetland species such as some seabirds and stone curlews. I follow J Boyd’s Taxonomy in Flux Checklist to map the Ramsar Convention list into to the two waterbird groups of Aves Orders. And to resolve some non-wetland bird inconsistencies. The Aequornithes taxonomic branch follows:
Core waterbirds (Aequornithes) that belong to the following Aves Orders:
(a) Ardeiformes (Herons, Egrets and Bitterns);
(b) Pelecaniformes (Pelicans);
(c) Plataleiformes (Ibises and Spoonbills);
(d) Suliformes (Cormorants and Darters). This order includes boobies and frigatebirds. They are part of the seabird photo albums see Boobies, Frigatebirds and Tropicbirds Album;
(e) Ciconiiformes (Storks).
(f) Sphenisciformes (Penguins) although part of the core group, I included these in photo album in seabirds photo albums see Penguins and Auks.
Gaviiformes (Loons) is also part of the Aequornithes clade.