This photo was taken of a heron standing on the plinth at the slipway at the Quinera lagoon. It is regularly seen on the estuary, usually as a solitary bird wading in the shallows, but until recently, like all the other heron species, was only a visitor to Bonza Bay.
That situation changed in the summer of 2012 when both the grey and the black-necked herons, started breeding on a Norfolk Pine in Princess Drive. The colony consisted of about 8 breeding pairs, many of whom reared chicks. In the winter the herons are absent from the tree but the beginning of August has seen the return of a few birds and they will no doubt start breeding in spring.