The Red Data Book lists the White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) as endangered. Its global population is estimated at anywhere from 50 to 250 - even that is based on the hope that a larger population exists in Myanmar. Sightings recorded by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN), Thimphu, Bhutan indicate that Bhutan has 24 of these rare birds. In 2007, the White-bellied Heron was uplifted to Critically Endangered by BirdLife International.
Yeshey Dorji is proud to release his most recent photographs of the White-bellied Heron. These were shot at a place called Basochu in the district of Wangduephodrang, western Bhutan. These photographs qualify as the very best available any where today. His photograph of the White-bellied Heron chick in its nest may be the first of its kind.