All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

Sometimes I get a special treat when I am looking for wildflowers! This beautiful <strong>Black-crowned Night Heron</strong> (<em>Nycticorax nycticorax</em>) startled me with its loud "quawk!" distress call as I hiked a trail at Haw Ridge. Fortunately,...
Sometimes I get a special treat when I am looking for wildflowers! This beautiful Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) startled me with its loud "quawk!" distress call as I hiked a trail at Haw Ridge. Fortunately, I had my tripod, because I had to zoom in as far as my camera will go to get this photo. These herons have a short neck, unlike the long-necked blue herons. These birds eat fish, crabs, mollusks, bird eggs, small mammals, young birds, amphibians, and some invertebrates.

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