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
2020-05-09 08:30Taylors Lagoon (restricted access)1
2020-05-24 09:10Halls Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant4
2020-05-20 08:50Treatment Ponds from Buffalo Creek Road1
2020-05-23 14:23Djukbinj National Park--Scott Creek Crossing5
2020-05-12 07:18Mary River National Park--Bird Billabong2
2020-05-05 11:20Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park1
2020-04-28 08:04McDougall Rd, Julatten1
2020-05-16 07:01Big Mitchell Creek Reserve1
2020-04-29 15:39Cairns Botanical Gardens and Centenary Lakes1
2020-05-20 13:41Barron River Mouth1
2020-05-16 13:04Lake McIntyre1
2020-04-29 11:00Mt Low (suburb)1
2020-05-27 08:20Townsville Town Common Conservation Park1
2020-05-26 16:50Ross River Dam Borrow Pits1
2020-05-24 13:23Ross River Dam, Riverway Dr and SW Hinterland1
2020-05-09 07:12Old Flinders Hwy, Woodstock to Ross River Dam5
2020-05-04 14:48Toonpan Wetlands2
2020-05-12 15:48Cape Cleveland Rd Salt Pans1
2020-05-17 09:25Little Lake Meran1
2020-05-26 11:30Fairbairn Dam Recreation Area & Lake Maraboon Holiday Village1
2020-05-23 07:20Dreeite Nature Conservation Reserve1
2020-05-15 10:45Dunns Swamp1
2020-05-03 11:30Bamganie State Forest3
2020-05-17 10:31Nortons Road at Vickerys Road, Bellbrae1
2020-05-07 09:03Limeburners Lagoon State Nature Reserve2
2020-04-28 08:56Rice Nature Reserve1
2020-05-27 16:24Hospital Swamp--Baenschs Lane1
2020-05-11 14:00Lake Lorne1
2020-05-19 10:30Lake Numurkah1
2020-05-14 11:20Kinnairds Wetland1
2020-05-06 09:20Plenty Gorge Park1
2020-04-29Laurimar Parks and Wetlands
2020-05-15 07:16Banyule Flats Reserve1
2020-05-19 09:04Braeside Park1
2020-05-26 13:16Eastern Treatment Plant--Boundary Rd Wetlands1
2020-05-10 09:32Yarra Valley Trail, Lilydale to Coldstream3
2020-05-10 07:25St. George Weir1
2020-05-23 10:35Stockyard Point1
2020-05-20 15:00Wonthaggi Wetlands Reserve1
2020-04-30 07:00Kinka Wetlands, Kinka Beach2
2020-05-18 11:25Wilsons Promontory National Park3
2020-05-25 09:30Pilliga National Park--Gilgai Flora Reserve
2020-05-07 14:43The Pinnacle Nature Reserve1
2020-05-19 12:11Yarramalong Weir Reserve1
2020-05-04 06:19Barolin Environmental Area1
2020-05-27 08:42Collector Reserve1
2020-05-03 11:24Green Swamp East Wetland1
2020-05-03 13:47Dangars Lagoon1
2020-05-09 08:00Hidden Vale (Grandchester)1
2020-05-25 13:06Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve2
2020-05-17 09:50Richmond Lowlands1
2020-05-04 07:15Cove Road, Commissioners Flat1
2020-04-28 14:25Llewella Davies Memorial Walkway, Camden1
2020-05-09 10:20Warrill View township
2020-05-20 14:00St Albans1
2020-05-25 09:53Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute1
2020-05-27 08:35Lake Manchester Rd at Cabbage Tree Creek1
2020-05-27 08:44Shelley Road Park1
2020-05-19 06:40Lake Manchester1
2020-05-26 08:39Kangaroo Valley1
2020-05-25 13:45Finland Rd at -26.613,153.067, Pacific Paradise1
2020-05-15 14:42Finland Road, Paradise Waters1
2020-05-24 10:10Lothlorien, Bellawongarah (Restricted Access)1
2020-04-30 16:10Moggill Wetlands1
2020-05-18 07:00Multi-use Trail--Seq Water Off Knehr Rd1
2020-05-03 06:48John Sprent Reserve (Bellbowrie)1
2020-05-02 06:44Priors Pocket Road Park (Moggill)1
2020-05-27 07:00Sydney Olympic Park--Woo-la-ra1
2020-05-10 11:00Greenwell Point1
2020-05-07 07:10Swamp Road, Kiama Downs1
2020-05-17 08:16Oxley Creek Common1
2020-05-20 16:38Jerrara Dam1
2020-05-07 11:14Black Head (Gerroa)1
2020-05-28 11:14Ourimbah RTA Reserve1
2020-05-03 07:40Eastlakes golf course1
2020-05-19 15:05Central Coast Wetlands - Pioneer Dairy1
2020-05-03 10:40Tingalpa Creek Reserve including JC Trotter Memorial Park1
2020-05-23 15:30Long Reef Aquatic Reserve1
2020-05-23 10:18Tarro Swamp1
2020-05-17 10:28Schmidt Rd--North near Eagleby Rd intersection, Eagleby1
2020-05-17 12:26Eagleby--Schmidt Rd pond1
2020-05-09 14:48Eagleby Wetlands1
2020-05-16 09:30Gainsborough Environmental Reserve1
2020-05-09 08:02Vallances Rd, Mullumbimby1
2020-05-26 14:15King Creek Rd Swamp, Wauchope1
2020-05-10 11:37Freemans Road, Rawdon Island1
2020-05-09 10:50Partridge Creek (Port Macquarie)1
2020-05-05 15:00Belmore Swamp at Seale Rd12
2020-05-17 11:00Roy Sanders Street and sand track1
2020-05-03 06:15Boyters Lane, Jerseyville1
2020-05-08 07:03Lake Innes Nature Reserve--Googik Heritage Walking Track1
2020-05-27 13:24Port Macquarie Wastewater Treatment Plant Settling Ponds1