Javan Pond-heron

Javan Pond-heron

I used to have a lot of difficulty identifying the Javan Pond-heron Ardeola speciosa as during the winter migration we usually had eclipse birds which were quite difficult to tell  apart from visiting eclipse Chinese Pond-heron.   Nowadays it is quite possible to see the Javan in breeding plumage in the padi fields of Kota Belud in north-west Sabah.  I took this picture last month and there were quite a few others in breeding plumage.  I also saw them in the padi fields outside of Kota Kinabalu recently.  Now we just have to confirm whether they have taken residency.


  1. Andrew Siani says:

    This is well taken CK nice picture and very sharp too. Well done. Now i think this bird already consider a resident here in sabah. They extending their territory up to Penampang and Papar too. Good for us. Cheers

  2. CK Leong says:

    Thanks. We won’t have to work hard for it then!

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