Story: Herons

Reef heron

Reef heron

Reef herons are found around many New Zealand coasts, but being primarily a tropical species they are more common in Northland and become scarcer further south. They live on rocky shores, mudflats and among mangroves, but not on sandy beaches. When stalking prey they crouch over the water like a coiled spring, suddenly unfurling their neck as they pounce.

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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