Story: Herons

White heron in flight

White heron in flight

During breeding, adult white herons shuttle between the nest and nearby estuaries to feed and bring food to their young. Their breeding cycle coincides with the upstream migration of whitebait, but they also eat small eels and fish, tadpoles and frogs, and will sometimes take mice, ducklings and other small birds.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Herons - White herons – kōtuku', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6427/white-heron-in-flight (accessed 15 August 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015