Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
I was delighted to watch this Night Heron as it stalked the shallow water for fish at the Palo Alto Baylands. I had never been able to get so close to one of these birds before. It is amazing how still these birds can stand while they wait for fish to swim by! It did not move a muscle for several minutes. I like the long white plume on its head.