Nayan Khanolkar


Indian Pond Heron © Nayan Khanolkar

Indian Pond Herons
(Ardeola grayii)



Image details
1/320 sec, f/4
Nikon D200, Nikkor 500mm f/4.5
Location: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
June 2006

Shoot details
It was a drought time in Bharatpur and there was a stiff competition among birds especially egrets and herons over couple of water bodies near Sapanmori. I was at the edge of the water since early morning and around me there was a plenty of bird activity. While I was about to pack up a movement in the right corner caught my attention. A pond heron was approaching towards my side of water where another one had already taken the position. Anticipating the combat I swung the lens, the timing was good enough to capture the action that lasted hardly for a second.

Species details
Often referred to as the 'Paddy Bird', this ubiquitous species is a great survival artist and can adapt to flourish in almost all habitats. From a tiny puddle in a busy city to alpine marshes in Ladakh this cryptically coloured 45cm bird merges unnoticed till it takes flight on brilliant white wings. Sexes alike.

A Birds of India presentation


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