The Backwaters and the Estuary of River Neyyar in Poovar, Kerala , India forms a remarkable Habitat for Unusual Flora and Fauna.
” The Fresh Waters , Dense Foliage and Flooded Reed Beds make it perfect for wading Birds like the Purple Heron, a Swamp Reed Bird.”
Thick Green foliage and Mangroves flourish in the WaterLands , which in turn provide Safe Havens for Enchanting Birds.
This unusual Heron in a Breathtaking Plumage in Shades of Brown was spotted from a Boat. I am still unable to hone down on the identity of this Gorgeous Heron.
“Thanks to a fellow blogger, the bird is since identified as a Juvenile Purple Heron.”
If you see the pictures in a previous blog titled PATIENT HUNTER of the Pond Heron in Breeding Plumage you will observe some common features.
The Enchanting Heron in Shades Of Brown has a very similar Bill , Eye , Head and Posture when compared to Pond Herons but is much larger and is closer to a Purple Heron in terms of size.
The Curvaceous “S” Shaped Neck however is closer to a Darter.
“Ardea pupurea manilensis ( Scientific Name) is a subspecies of The Purple Heron and Native to the Indian subcontinent.”
I do enjoy attempting to identify Species of Birds and Flowers from pictures and reading material available with me. Yet, it is frustrating when I get stumped as many species look so similar that I am unable to discern one from another.
Rather than hold back the Blog I solicit views and help from Readers across the Planet and share the Enchanting World we all live in.
So do come forth with what you think of the Bird above in Shades of Brown ?
“ Thank you friends for helping out with the Id of this lovely Heron. This subspecies manilensis unlike other species of the Purple Heron is sedentary, meaning it remains here for Breeding as well and does not migrate to other lands. Sensible, who wants to leave God’s Own Country.”