Late yesterday afternoon, as I strolled quietly into our vegie garden I was startled by a Great-billed Heron call from very nearby. I scanned all the trees within my vision but couldn’t see any tall, shadowy Heron shapes so I went inside for binos and camera……now properly prepared I set off to try and locate the elusive bird. Looking, looking as I walked, changing direction as I heard a couple more calls. The calls were shorter and harsher than usual but what I didn’t associate with them, until I finally set my eyes on the Heron, were the strident calls from a small group of Drongos intent on chasing this large bird out of their territory.
I only had a moment to grab a couple of quick shots before the Drongos succeeded in reclaiming the island for themselves and the poor Heron escaped from its tormentors by flying across to another tree overlooking the next pond. Although I could see it with the binos it certainly wasn’t providing any further photo opportunities.
I’ve included this more distant view just to include two Drongos to the right of the photo.