New nesting record for the reserve

Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius, REGUA wetland (© Clive Saunders)

Recent sightings of Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius in the early morning prompted a search of an area of dense vegetation adjacent to the wetland.

A total of seven birds were found, five adults and two recently fledged young. One adult was in close attendance to a nest containing two eggs.

The observation of the young suggests breeding at REGUA, but the discovery of a nest represents the first breeding record for this species at REGUA. Fortunately the nest is well away from any of the trails which should limit any disturbance, and the nest will be monitored over the next few weeks.

Clive Saunders