Dono why i chose to paint the Pond Heron a couple of days back. But i just left like doing some quick water colour paintings. I had been to Lalbagh last week and sat there sketching all the birds i saw, and i guess the -Pondy ponderer- stuck to my mind! Came home, used some photographs for reference and brushed around a little bit!
The Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) is found throughout the Indain Sub-continent. One of our most common wading birds in shallow waters and marshy wetland habitats. The Paddy fields are amongst their most preferred habitats too, and so they are well known as 'Paddy Birds'. In flight, the underwings of this bird is striking white, when compared to the bird at rest, which is drab brown and streaky with not much white showing at all. Makes a great camouflage in a marshy area.