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.”

The Enchanting Habitat

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.”

hidden in grass
Hiding in the Greens

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.”

Reflecting  in Knee Deep Waters

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.”

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

31 thoughts on “SHADES OF BROWN”

      1. Yes you are right, the reed is sharper than the bird. I do recall however I was on a moving Boat and was taking pictures on account of the Heron. Need to be more careful, thank you.


  1. When I visit Kerala, I am about two minutes from the backwaters and three minutes from the Arabian Sea! The area is much more developed than it used to be but I bet I’m missing all sorts of wildlife. I am going to increase my awareness when I go back!

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  2. nice information about the differentiation. also the 4th image from the top send a picture of some curvature done on cast iron to form the shape of a bird. it looks very unique when we observe the pale yellowish colour in between the feathers which looks like a gush of molten lava is flowing through the rock bed near some volcano

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