Core Waterbirds Album

These photo albums group together core waterbird families placed under the same and related Aves orders, see Taxonomy note below. see Taxonomy note below. Each primary gallery displays adult portraits of individual species and juvenile/immature birds when I’ve been able to photograph them. Additional galleries supplement the portrait galleries to features behaviour such as foraging, hunting, feeding and action including flight.

Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus australis) female foraging at Yellow Water Region in Northern Territories

Pelicans and storks families belong to different Aves Orders. These are large cosmopolitan birds that are similar in size. Pelicans habitat is open water, while storks occupy a variety of wetland habitats with some species in grassland and forest areas.

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea manilensis) closeup with stabbed fish at Japanese Garden in Singapore

Bitterns and egrets are from the same family as herons, and the habitat they occupy is the same. Egrets are similar in size to herons, but bitterns are much smaller and more agile.

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) male perched in palm frond and hunting fish at Singapore's Botanic Gardens

Bitterns and egrets are from the same family as herons. The habitat they occupy is the same as herons. Egrets are similar in size to herons, but bitterns are much smaller and more agile.

Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) at flying and foraging at Orange Valley Mudflats

Medium to large size birds that occupy all regions of the world except the Antarctic. Habitat includes a variety of wetlands while some species in grassland and forest areas.

Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) feeding on fish at Camden Haven Inlet in New South Wales

These are cosmopolitan birds but with a higher species diversity in the tropics. Medium to large size birds whose habitat includes open water in both coastal and inland areas.

Core Waterbird Photo Album Taxonomy

Core Waterbirds is the third in a series of three waterbird photo albums. The simplified family tree illustrates the arrangement of high-level bird clades and orders relevant to the Core Waterbirds Albums. Hierarchy is a time-ordered evolutionary history, oldest first, based on the Taxonomy in Flux Checklist. The Core Waterbirds Album includes five from the Ramsar Convention list which includes families from fifteen Aves orders.

Five orders in the Aequornithes clade form the Core Waterbirds Album:

Pelicans are part of Pelecaniformes order.

Herons, including Egrets and Bitterns, belong to Order Ardeiformes.

Ibises and Spoonbills belong to Plataleiformes order.

Cormorants, including Darters, are from the Suliformes order.

Storks belong to Order Ciconiiformes.

Although part of core waterbirds I’ve included the following Aves orders in the Seabirds Photo Album because they only come ashore to breed and spend most of their lives at sea:
(i) Phaethontiformes (Tropicbirds) and Suliformes (Boobies) see Bobbies, Frigatebirds & Tropicbirds,
(ii) Procellariiformes (Tubenoses) see Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters,
(iii) Sphenisciformes (Penguins) see Penguins & Auks.