Dry Heron

I’m so accustomed to seeing the Black-crowned Night Heron in the wet that I forget it’s perfectly at home in trees and on dry ground. They nest in trees, after all. Here’s one that flew from the water’s edge into a cypress tree in the southeast corner of the park while I was chatting with photographer Jim Kusz, who, by coincidence, days earlier had snapped a photo of this species hunting in the dry grass, see below. They’re not the same individual, in my view; the one in the grass has different detail above the eye than the one in the tree.

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) Photo by James Kusz

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