This tree hangs over a pond at Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery. It made a perfect perch for a Yellow-crowned Night-heron to watch the water.
This young Yellow-crowned Night Heron was concentrating, although it was hard to say on what. His perch of a dead limb was hanging over a pond where he could go fishing, but he didn’t seem to be watching the water.
I watched awhile to see if he would come out into the brighter light. He was content to stay where the overhang of a larger tree provided some shade, occasionally changing direction and practicing the heron “standing still” skill.
I liked the illusion that this Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was standing in a vast pool of rippling water.
He was enjoying a little dip and splash on a very hot Charleston day.
A view from the other side shows the heron was standing at the edge of a fountain, just where the water dropped into a pool below.
Sony Alpha-6500, Sony 55-210 mm lens.