About Wading Birds . . . .

Wading birds live in lakes, ponds, marshes, mudflats, flooded areas and swamps. Wading birds include herons, egrets, bitterns, ibises, coots, moorhens, rails and cranes.

Wading birds have physical and behavioral traits for living on or near water and they depend on water as a source of food, shelter and nesting sites.

All Wading birds have long thin legs and long agile toes. Most Wading birds have long bills with specialized shapes depending of the types of food they eat. Their diets include fish, amphibians, invertebrates and plants.

When searching for food they don’t swim or dive to catch food, they wade into shallow water. Physically they are perfect for this type of environment. Long thin toes disperse their weight keeping them from sinking into soft mud, long legs keep their feather dry when searching for food and a long neck makes it possible to strike prey that is on the other end of their long legs.

Wading birds are patient hunters as they may stand motionless for long periods of time waiting for prey to come within reach. Their steps are slow and deliberate when moving so they don’t scare their prey. Some birds also hide in the marsh vegetation waiting for unsuspecting prey to come along.

I will be adding more species of Wading Birds as I am able to see them and photograph them so check back later to see my new photos of these birds.

Bittern

American Bittern

Texas

Texas

Texas

Cranes

Sandhill Crane

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Egrets

Cattle Egret

Juvenile

Texas

Breeding

Texas

Adult

Texas

Adult

Australia

Breeding

Australia

Adult

Australia

Adult

Australia

Adult

Australia

Breeding

Australia

Great Egret

California

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Intermediate Egret

Vietnam

Vietnam

Little Egret

Vietnam

Thailand

Snowy Egret

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Purple Gallinule

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Heron

Chinese Pond Heron

Thailand

Thailand

Vietnam

Great Blue Heron

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Canada

Canada

Canada

Green Heron

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Little Blue Heron

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Pied Heron

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Tri-colored Heron

Adult

Texas

Breeding

Texas

Breeding

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Ibis

American White Ibis

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Australian White Ibis

Australia

Australia

Australia

Glossy Ibis

Australia

Scarlet Ibis

Adult

Trinidad

Adult

Trinidad

Roosting

Trinidad

White-faced Ibis

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Moorhen

Dusky Moorhen

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Night-heron

Black-crowned Night-heron

Adult

Hawaii

Juvenile

Hawaii

Adult

Taiwan

Adult

Taiwan

Group

Texas

Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Juvenile

Mexico

Juvenile

Mexico

Rails

Sora (Rail)

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Australia

Australia

Stork

Asian Openbilled Stork

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

Black-necked Stork

Australia

Australia

Australia

Lesser Adjutant Stork

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Wood Stork

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Swamphen

Australasian Swamphen

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Australia

Gray-headed Swamphen

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

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