adult, winter plummage
This widely distributed pacific reef heron or pacific reef egret, is mostly in the coast area. There are 2 forms, one is in dark colour and the other is white. I have seen only the dark form, black or blue-black. This one had also a white patch near the neck. Iris is usually yellow but this one is dark brown. Legs were short but much thicker than most heron/egret.
Nov 4 2015