Sunday, 3 November 2013

Indian Pond Heron - Ardeola

Yet another (common) bird that you can spot at the Lalbagh garden is the Indian Pond Heron. If you observe the edges of the Lalbagh lake, you are sure to spot this bird, which camouflages well with the water, aqua plants, and rocks. I've also seen these birds at paddy fields, when we drive out of  Bangalore.
The Indian Pond Herons have a brownish body with yellowish patch around the eyes and a thick beak. The wings, when spread, are white. They seem to tuck their neck making them look short. The legs are greenish; turn yellow during breeding season. The male gets materials to build a nest and the female builds the nest, lay eggs, and hatches them. Main diet of these birds are fish/aqua animals.

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