Asian Openbill - Will it Grow Up here in the Heronry?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The above photo was shot last year in the heronry. The highest number I have counted then was 6 birds. The openbill invasion started early last year when dozens or even hundred were spotted further up north and also in Melaka.
Above photo shows a flock flying in the sky of Melaka. Then, I was revisiting the heronry last week hoping to test the Sigma 500mm f4.5 telephoto lens with the Nikon D7000 on the herons and egrets. To my surprise, the openbill just flew infront of me. Here are 3 shots of the openbill.

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