Chinese Pond Heron in breeding plumage

in October (and November!)

Dave Gandy

… has written in following his excellent contributions to the discussion on the Chinese Pond Heron in Kent earlier this year. On his local patch at Bangkok earlier this month he came across a Chinese Pond Heron. Interesting thing is that it’s in (almost) full breeding plumage and it’s in October. His bird immediately brought to Dave’s mind an adult breeding Chinese Pond Heron seen in Britain in October and November 2004.

The bird was not accepted as being wild, a chief component being its ‘out-of-season’ plumage. While we are not saying that the 2004 bird was wild, it is intriguing that such ‘summery’ Chinese Pond Heron’s can indeed occur, in the wild, in October.

You can read the comment in the BBRC report HERE

The comments from the 34th report of the BOURC on the record are:

“Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus

Adult in full breeding plumage, Norfolk, 31 October 2004. Identification was accepted, but the bird was considered to have been of captive origin and the species was assigned to Category E. This individual was also reported from East Dean, Hampshire, 13 November 2004.”

Chinese Pond Heron, Bangkok, Thailand, 18th October 2014. Dave Gandy

Chinese Pond Heron, Bangkok, Thailand, 18th October 2014. Dave Gandy

Chinese Pond Heron in breeding plumage, Bangkok, Thailand 15th October 2014. Dave Gandy

Chinese Pond Heron in breeding plumage, Bangkok, Thailand 15th October 2014. Dave Gandy

 

Postscript:

26th November 2014. 

Dave Gandy wrote in. Here’s the same adult Chinese Pond Heron at the end of November in full summer plumage. No sign of entering winter plumage- indeed seemingly heading in the opposite direction.

Recent weeks ahem also brought encounters with summer plumaged Red-necked Stint and a returning Curlew Sandpiper in summer plumage.

Thank you Dave.

 

 

Chinese Pond Heron in summer plumage on 24th November 2014 , Bangkok, Thailand by Dave Gandy

Chinese Pond Heron in summer plumage on 24th November 2014 , Bangkok, Thailand by Dave Gandy

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2 thoughts on “Chinese Pond Heron in breeding plumage

  1. Paul Leader

    Such birds are exceptional though. I do a weekly survey of a wetland in Hong Kong and have not had a CPH in summer plumage for many, many weeks. I had about 100 on my survey this week, and all were in 100% non-breeding plumage

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