White-faced herons (Egretta novaehollandiae) are New Zealand's commonest heron species, self-introducing during the 1940s, and found throughout the country. White-faced herons are common in estuarine environments where they hunt for prey in shallow water and on mudflats. They can aslo be found on land at times including in urban environments. They eat a wide range of small invertebrates and vertebrates.
In Marlborough they are widespread, and can frequently be seen in many of the bays of the Marlborough Sounds wading om shallow water.
This example was observed at Mistletoe Bay.
Location: Latitude: -41.223614 Longitude: 173.971878"
Image Date: 7/10/2012
Photographer: Christopher Cookson