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The Wise Heron

The Wise Heron
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Copyright: Kaustubh Patwardhan (kaustubh10) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 11] (35)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 7:27
Viewed: 3806
Points: 0
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This Yellow-crowned Night Heron and its mate (not shown) nested near my workplace in spring last year. They built a nest on an oak tree along the road, on a branch that extended far out such that the nest was right above the road itself!

Here, I would see both birds in the morning, dozing off on one leg, tending to the nest, or walking over a few paces along the branch to stretch their legs a bit. Mostly they were still, almost in a meditative state, sometimes slowly opening their eyes and surveying the neighborhood.

The pair raised 3 chicks last season and it was really cool to have them right on my doorstep!

Yellow-crowned Night Herons, so called because of their prominent crowns, are fairly large birds (length ~ 2 feet, wingspan ~ more than 3 feet) with distinctive plumage. They are residents in the southeast US and have a breeding range covering most of the eastern US.

Reference: National Geographic - Field guide to birds of North America.

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