Black-crowned Night-Heron

Away From the Crowd

Black-crowned Night-Herons are nesting in the grasses on one of the high spots in an old rice field. I could spot ten or so standing tucked in under the grass, too far for a good photograph.

This fellow was all by himself out in the open, perched on the support of one of the “trunks” used to regulate water flow.  I was surprised he didn’t fly off as I passed by.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

I came back this way about an hour later and he hadn’t moved very far, but had turned enough that I could get a good look through the grass on the bank at his colorful eye.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

A couple more steps and his full body was in view, if not well lit. I walked on a little further hoping to get a shot from where I first spotted him, turned around, but he was gone.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

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