Story: Herons

Nankeen night heron

Nankeen night heron

Nankeen night herons have had an elusive presence in New Zealand, and began to breed along the Whanganui River in the 1990s. They are more compact and lack the long neck of other herons. They are active mainly at night, feeding at the edges of swamps among reeds or other cover. This drawing of a juvenile is from a series by Raymond Ching.

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Reference: Raymond Ching, New Zealand birds: an artist’s field studies. Auckland: Reed Methuen, 1986, p. 70
Pencil sketch by Raymond Ching

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Gerard Hutching, 'Herons - Other herons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 October 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015