Juvenile Lava Heron

Description: It sure looks like a lot of other herons I’ve seen, but I have to admit that Lava Heron (Butorides sundevalli) is a pretty cool name.

It’s not made of lava, but it does live amongst the rocky, hardened lava flows of the Galapagos Islands.

This juvenile will keep the brown and streaked feathers until its adult matte black/gray feathers come  in, better helping it hide in the lava.

A solitary lava heron, with brown streaked feathers and a molting beak, stands on one leg on lava rocks. It's bright, organs eye is a very striking feature.

Location: Galapagos, Ecuador, South America

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email)

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