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.