Monday, May 15, 2006

44. Black Crowned Night Heron

I went sailing this weekend, for the first time ever. It was fantastic, a truly amazing experience. Before I left, Harper told me I should bring my binoculars and bird book. I forgot both. So Saturday morning, as I walked out on the pier and saw a mysterious bird istting on the pier right off the bat, I could have thrown myself in the water. It was a heron, a large bird though much smaller than a great blue, with a mostly white body and black feathers on its head and wings. A long white feather trailed off its head and across its back. Without my bird book at my side, I stared at it for several minutes to memorize it. Then I approached (I had to in order to get to the boat) and it flew away. When I got home, I discovered that it was a Black Crowned Night Heron. Nycticorax nycticorax. What a cool bird; maybe the coolest I've seen so far.


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