The white-necked heron, formally known as the Pacific heron (Ardea pacifica), is a species of heron that is found on most of the Australian continent wherever freshwater habitats exist. It is also found in parts of Indonesia, New Guinea and New Zealand, but is uncommon in Tasmania. The populations of this species in Australia are known to be nomadic like most water birds in Australia, moving from one water source to another often entering habitats they have not previously occupied. Taking advantage of flooding and heavy rain where the surplus of food allows them to breed and raise their young. Population explosions have been known when the environmental conditions are right for this species in places where they have been rare or unknown.



Pacific Heron
Date Location Count
2019-10-18 09:45Fortescue River Crossing, North West Coastal Hwy1
2019-10-16 12:15Hamelin Homestead, Hamelin Pool1
2019-10-13 10:00Galena Bridge Rest Area1
2019-10-20 16:02Tom Price Sewage Treatment Works1
2019-10-22 08:09Karijini National Park--Weano Gorge1
2019-10-13 07:00Lake Claremont1
2019-10-23 08:19Swamp at -31.84673, 115.95962, Whiteman4
2019-10-10 16:19Kununurra 3rd Irrigation Channel1
2019-10-15 16:10Lake Alexander1
2019-10-10 10:40Knuckey Lagoons CR--Snipe Swamp1
2019-10-10 14:00Knuckey Lagoons CR1
2019-10-23 12:10McMinns Lagoon1
2019-10-09 17:00Edith Falls Rd at -14.1871,132.08241
2019-10-16 12:55Cattle tank on Riversleigh road1
2019-10-22 11:30Normanton East wetland S Burke Developmental Rd1
2019-10-21 18:24Kennedy Developmental Rd at -22.90000, 140.400001
2019-10-18 16:10Diamantina National Park--Hot Bore at -23.54766, 141.367961
2019-10-23 11:40Pullen Pullen Reserve (restricted access)2
2019-10-17 15:10Mount Windsor Station (restricted access)2
2019-10-11 09:00Upper Daintree Rd1
2019-10-15 06:00Daintree Village Boat Cruise1
2019-10-21 01:56Wonga Beach1
2019-10-17 06:20McDougall Rd, Julatten1
2019-10-11 13:00Julatten1
2019-10-11 07:30Mareeba Wetland Reserve. Jabiru Section1
2019-10-11 06:40Mareeba Wetlands Reserve1
2019-10-15 14:19Winton Sewage Ponds, off Dump Rd1
2019-10-21 16:21Ray Road, Mareeba.1
2019-10-16 07:57Bladensburg National Park2
2019-10-16 05:46Long Waterhole (Winton)1
2019-10-23 07:00Hasties Swamp National Park2
2019-10-18 06:35Cattana Wetlands3
2019-10-22 07:24Winfield Rd, Lake Eacham2
2019-10-13 06:55Warrina Lakes Park, Innisfail1
2019-10-10 06:05Lucinda1
2019-10-23 06:45Townsville Town Common--Pandanus Viewing Area2
2019-10-13 09:23Laudham Rd at Round Mountain Rd, Kelso1
2019-10-20 07:54Ross River Dam Borrow Pits Kelso1
2019-10-23 06:33Pacton, Majors Creek (restricted access)1
2019-10-15 05:45Barcaldine1
2019-10-16 17:00Broken Hill Wetlands1
2019-10-14 14:14Jericho1
2019-10-16 12:26Eungella Dam--Visitor and Camping Area1
2019-10-19 08:51De Moleyns Lagoon1
2019-10-11 11:50Lake Hindmarsh1
2019-10-16 10:14Brimboal State Forest at -37.35602, 141.371511
2019-10-15 18:43Casterton2
2019-10-10 10:00Kelly's Landing Rd--marsh3
2019-10-19 13:31Lake Goldsmith Wildlife Reserve--Skipton Rd Cutting1
2019-10-23 08:16Terrick Terrick National Park1
2019-10-12 14:00Barrs Rd, Mingay (restricted access)2
2019-10-22 13:40Middle Swamp (Clunes)1
2019-10-12 10:06Merin Merin Swamp State Game Reserve22
2019-10-19 16:17Burrumbeet Racecourse4
2019-10-19 07:25Lake Purrumbete1
2019-10-19 16:38Racecourse Road reserve (Haddon)2
2019-10-17 08:35Flax Mill Swamp Wildlife Reserve4
2019-10-20 09:59Booberoi Creek Bridge on Round Hill Rd1
2019-10-16 15:00Lexton Rd Dam3
2019-10-19 14:49Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2019-10-22 15:10Wetland on Cressy Rd at -38.12825, 143.7616010
2019-10-21 09:30Lake Ayrey Wildlife Reserve2
2019-10-10 08:00Cania Gorge National Park1
2019-10-21 13:20Karngun Bridges Swamp, Barwon River, Winchelsea2
2019-10-18 10:20Caliguel Reserve and Lagoon (Condamine)1
2019-10-23 14:13You Yangs Regional Park--Branding Yard1
2019-10-18 13:45Lower Goulburn National Park--Reedy Swamp3
2019-10-18 14:50Daldy Road, Shepparton North1
2019-10-22 09:29Anglesea Rd at Blackgate Rd, Mt Duneed1
2019-10-13 10:00Little River1
2019-10-15 09:10Princes Freeway at Little River Rd4
2019-10-12 08:20Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)2
2019-10-15 06:50Werribee River at K Rd1
2019-10-23 13:00Toorourrong Reservoir2
2019-10-22 12:45Plenty Gorge Park--South Morang Wetlands
2019-10-15 10:40Cummins Reserve and Wetlands (Yea)1
2019-10-13 14:00Karkarook Park
2019-10-15 16:37Morack Golf Course1
2019-10-11 09:42Heritage Wetlands, Wonga Park1
2019-10-20 08:30Jells Park1
2019-10-20 11:57Dandenong Valley Wetland1
2019-10-13 13:33Lilydale Sewage Treatment Plant1
2019-10-11 17:30Liverpool Road Retarding Basin1
2019-10-14 09:45Merricks Beach1
2019-10-12 14:53Coolart1
2019-10-16 13:30Gooramadda Road Wetlands (Rutherglen)3
2019-10-18 05:15Lake Broadwater Conservation Park1
2019-10-17 11:15Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern Valley #1 Dam1
2019-10-23 11:30Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve1
2019-10-11 16:31Granville, suburb of Maryborough1
2019-10-13 10:27Wirilda Environment Park1
2019-10-19 07:34Tumut Wetlands1
2019-10-18 07:45Sundown National Park--Permanents Waterhole Track1
2019-10-18 15:40Winya Rd Dams, Kilcoy1
2019-10-14 14:23Stanley River, Commissioner's Flat Rd1
2019-10-12 12:55Adams Rd, Glamorganvale1
2019-10-13 10:49Finnish Memorial Park & Sewage Plant surrounds1
2019-10-16 17:02Strong Rd, Dayboro at -27.20868, 152.837031
2019-10-12 14:19Flinders Property (Restricted Access)1
2019-10-10 10:45Lake Samsonvale--Kobble Creek BBQ Area1
2019-10-23 07:10Shelley Road Park1
2019-10-22 05:15Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)
2019-10-11 06:02Ross Road Parkland (Upper Kedron)1
2019-10-21 08:55Bunya Crossing Reserve1
2019-10-13 07:30Anstead SES Depot (Hawkesbury Rd)1
2019-10-18 06:00Capertee Valley1
2019-10-19 15:10Deagon Wetland and Third Lagoon Reserve1
2019-10-22 16:13Oxley Creek Common1
2019-10-11 11:05Undullah Rd - small lagoon (restricted access)1
2019-10-11 14:50The Poplars, Glen Davis (restricted access)1
2019-10-20 07:20Karawatha Forest1
2019-10-13 14:50Wren Place, Capalaba (restricted access)1
2019-10-17 17:26Cooney Cottage (Restricted access)1
2019-10-13 11:20Lamington National Park--Duck Creek Rd1
2019-10-12 10:30Bilpin2
2019-10-14 07:00Springbrook National Park--Settlement Day Use Area2
2019-10-20 07:30Bushells Lagoon2
2019-10-09 13:30Snowy Flats near Brodribb River bridge1
2019-10-19 06:45McGraths Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2019-10-10 07:45Pitt Town Lagoon1
2019-10-22 09:00Hastings Point Headland1
2019-10-13 17:08Seapeace (restricted access)2
2019-10-20 16:19Melaleuca Swamp, Roberts Creek1
2019-10-13 07:20Bicentennial Gardens (Ballina Heights)2
2019-10-21 08:00Morpeth2
2019-10-17 08:11Warnervale Airfield3
2019-10-11 13:52Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve7
2019-10-22 17:48Swamp near Ironbark Creek, Minmi Rd, Wallsend1
2019-10-11 09:23Ash Island1
2019-10-15 07:40Jamberoo1
2019-10-09 16:00Factory Lane pond, Jamberoo Valley1
2019-10-20 13:10Jerrara Dam1
2019-10-12 06:19Kioloa Coastal Campus (ANU)1
2019-10-19 08:29Kingsworth Lake (restricted access)1
2019-10-23 17:27Kew township1