Just a day after I saw the cormorant fast asleep on a nearby rock opposite the hotel, a Black-crowned Night Heron stood on almost the same rock at about the same hour of the morning. These stocky herons don’t have the luxury of a neck long enough to tuck between their wings on their back, like cormorants. They also don’t have conventional mammalian eyelids. Instead they have the nictitating membrane, a tough, transparent cover that moves across the eye from front to back and protects it.
Standing on one leg, this heron moved not a feather during the minute or three I stood watching and imaging it. With eyes wide open it snoozed on, ignoring the noisy waking world around it. I tired of watching it and moved on. Later, it was gone. I have not seen it since.