A Javan pond heron (Ardeola speciosa) in breeding plumage on Siargao Island.

Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa) in Breeding Plumage

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A solitary Javan pond heron in the rice fields of Siargao. This migratory heron can be seen here with its prominent breeding plumage.

A Javan pond heron (Ardeola speciosa) in breeding plumage on Siargao Island.

The Javan Pond Heron occurs in southeast Asia and the East Indies. In the Philippines it can be found here on Mindanao.

 

A Javan pond heron (Ardeola speciosa) in breeding plumage on Siargao Island.
Javan pond heron in the rice fields of Del Pilar on Siargao.

 

The Javan pond heron is usually associated with rice fields but can be found in other wetland habitats and coastal flats and reefs as well.

A Javan pond heron (Ardeola speciosa) in breeding plumage on Siargao Island.
As you might expect from a wetland denizen the Javan pond heron’s diet consists of fish, frogs, tadpoles and aquatic insects.

 

javan pond-heron (ardeola speciosa), White-browed crake
A pair of Javan pond herons and a just visible White-browed crake (can you find it?).

 

javan pond-heron (ardeola speciosa)

 

javan pond-heron (ardeola speciosa)

javan pond-heron (ardeola speciosa)

 


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