The Indian Pond Heron are widespread and common but can be easily missed because of their camouflaging – when they stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when they roost close to human habitations. I have generally experienced them to be very shy and seen them take-off as one approaches near. To take this snap I sort of blend into the surrounding (which involves not moving or making any sharp movements for minutes together) – it also helped that Karanji Kere (lake) was not crowded that day.
The Indian Pond Heron’s feeding habitat is marshy wetlands. They usually feed at the edge of ponds but make extensive use of floating vegetation such as Water hyacinth to access deeper water. The primary food of these birds includes crustaceans, aquatic insects, fishes, tadpoles and sometimes leeches. Outside wetlands, these herons feed on insects (including crickets, dragonflies and bees),