As I sit here on my computer, I can hear the sound of thunder in a distance. Our Monday started out hot and humid but the cold front that has issued in cooler temperatures and rain. I don’t mind a mild thunderstorm. Actually, I enjoy listening to rain on my roof. I just wished the rain didn’t bring out more mosquitoes. Our area just seems to be a breeding ground for these pesky, little creatures.
Over the weekend, I was able to spend a lot of time outdoors (despite those pesky mosquitoes). For the first time, I was able to photograph a Black-crowned Night Heron. When I first came across this bird, he was so still. I would not have known that he was even real if he hadn’t moved slightly.
The reason for his stillness was he was hunting for food. The Black-crowned Night Heron loves to eat little fishes. The heron was just waiting patiently for the fish to get closer so he could have a meal. The night herons begin to hunt for food at dusk and will continue to hunt and eat until dawn.
I couldn’t get a clear photo of his mate. She stayed back in the bushes in the flats that are inward by the creek or the flatlands. I think one of the first characteristics that attracted me to this wading bird was the color of his eyes.
This nocturnal bird is noisy. When needed will actually make a call that is like a barking “quawk” which can be heard around dusk. Personally I was just happy to find one out in nature.