Story behind the photograph
Here is a photograph of a very common coastal bird:White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae). They are mostly light blue-grey in colour, and they have a characteristic white face. Usually they are very timid and fly away when approached.
However the bird pictured in the photograph was not afraid of me at all and allowed me to come within few meters. It was standing on a rock, using it as a vantage point spotting its prey on the incoming tide.
They may be a very common bird but was still interesting to approach one and being able to take few photographs. The bird eventually took off and flew few circles around the spot and returned to the same rock. It must have been its favourite hunting position.