This is the same Striated Heron as the previous photo, and the only other shot that came out in focus and sharp(ish). This bird was hunting, it would stand perfectly still then either carefully move forward a few steps before freezing again, or dart down into the water and bring up something to eat.
Common Names: Striated Heron, Mangrove Heron, Striated Bittern, Mangrove Bittern
Scientific Name: Butorides striatus
Habitat: Coastal fringes of Northern and Eastern Australia in Mangroves, sandbanks and tidal mudflats.
View all photos taken: Wednesday, 1st November 2006, This photo: 3:44pm