I think the best way to show this is simply with a pile of photos!
The feathery plumes are on the adult breeding birds, male and female.
This bird is sitting on a nest.
This pair greeted each other profusely.
This raucous chick was wanting food.
This bird was turning its eggs.
I haven't had much internet the last couple of days so only heard more bad weather was coming when the heron tour was over. I decided my West Coast time is coming to an end then, and I will go east in search of more sunshine. I drove as far south as Haast, where the sky looked a bit clearer than it had up near the glaciers. I am staying in my tent at Haast Beach Motor Camp along with many others who will be hoping the night is not too wet! (At present it is very calm!)
I had one last adventure for the day- I drove down to the end of the road at Jackson's Bay- and was delighted to find I could buy a fresh fish dinner there! Yum!