Chinese Pond Heron on Cocos Island

Subject: Chinese Pond Heron on Cocos Island
From: "R Clarke" <>
Date: Sat, 06 May 2006 17:50:30 +1000

  Hi Alastair,

  It has some breeding plumage as Mike described it as having chestnut
  on the head but as to how much I am not sure. There have been at least
  three previous pond herons reported from Christmas Island over the
  years but this is the first one to be identified to species level as
  all others have been in non-breeding plumages. When like that it is
  virtually impossible to separate Chinese from Javan and Indian Pond
  Herons. I suspect there have been less strikingly plumaged birds that
  Mike has twitched (Isabelline Wheatear is one that springs to mind)
  but if he is anything like me a new bird for your Australian list can
  never be boring :)


  Rohan Clarke

From:  Alastair Smith <>
    To:  R Clarke <>, Birding-Aus
    Subject:  Re: [birding-aus] Chinese Pond Heron on Cocos Island
Date:  Sat, 06 May 2006 11:35:16 +1000
    >Rohan et al,
    >I presume that Mike has twitched this heron after posting its
    >whereabouts to Birding-aus on 3 May.  Do you know whether is it
    >breeding or non-breeding? I was having a look for Chinese Pond
    >Herons in my newly acquired MacKinnon and Phillips  'A field guide
    >to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali' this morning and
    >the non-breeding is a very plain bird, much like an immature
    >Striated Heron. If so I was wondering if this is the most boring
    >looking bird Mike has ever twitched?
    >R Clarke wrote:
    >>   Hi All,
    >>   Mike Carter who is on Cocos Island reports that the Chinese
    >>   is still present. He saw it last night around 5:30 pm. He
    >>searched for
    >>   it all day today and only found it around 6 pm this evening
    >>   again flew in to the same location as yesterday. He suspects
    >>   have been around for a while as it appears to be following a
    >>   The phone cut out during the conversation but it sounds like
    >>   quite close to the airport.
    >>   Cheers,
    >>   Rohan Clarke
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