Purple herons are colonial breeders and build a bulky nest out of dead reeds or sticks close to the water' edge among reeds or in dense vegetation.
The major threat to this species is the destruction of wetlands and swamps in West Bengal.
Clicked on July, 2016 in the wetland of Dankuni, Hooghly, West Bengal
Canon 600D, Sigma 150-600 mm
500 mm, 1/1250s, f/8, iso 800