Our guide told us that although they were once referred to as herons, they have been reclassified as egrets, and the name 'heron' is now only applied to species with more than one colour plumage. However, there are two distinct colour forms, the white and the grey (or blue), but they readily interbreed and both colours offspring can be found in the same brood.
Because the island is a reserve, the island birds are very laid back and seemed only too happy to pose with their beautiful island home as backdrop.
|In a casuarina tree|
|One of the other island residents, the Sacred Kingfisher|
|Buff Banded Land Rail - these birds have really adapted to living with humans: the restaurant was screened to keep them at bay!|
|Pathway to the beach|
|The green door - entrance to the Pisonia forest.|
|The flowers of the Octopus Bush inspire its name|
|A cooperative couple strike a series of poses|
|The University of Queensland's research centre|
|White-Breasted Sea Eagle|
|Bar Shouldered Dove|
|The Sacred Kingfisher in a different location on the lookout for crabs|
|Blue Tiger butterfly on Octopus Bush|
|Noddy Tern with old nest. During the breeding season between September and March, the population can reach between 70,000 and 120,000|
|I told you those rails have made themselves at home. Talk about the good life!|
Hope you enjoyed meeting Heron Island's wildlife and thanks for persevering with me. I am back to studying for a couple of months so have gone a little quiet on the blogging front, but I will be back with a vengeance come Spring and post when I can till then. Hopefully, my garden will forgive me.