|Black Bittern Ixobrychus flavicollis
|Daintree, Queensland, Australia
The Black Bittern is distributed from Pakistan to south-east China and south through Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea to the north and east of Australia as well as the south-west of Western Australia.
|It is found in densely forested margins of freshwater streams and lagoons as well as in mangroves and estuaries where it feeds mainly at dawn and dusk on fish,
frogs, crustaceans and insects.
It has white to yellow patches down the sides of the neck and white streaks on the neck and breast.
|Photo 3 shows a chick instinctively freezing and pointing its bill skyward as our boat approached its perch.|
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