Black Crowned Night Heron

Nightman, ah-ah-ahhhhhh

It’s said that good things come to those who wait. That’s not always the case, though. Sometimes waiting won’t work out, and instead if you want something you need to be proactive and aggressive. In this case it’s waking up at about 5:30 in the morning to make sure you are out at a desired location before the sun has even crested the treetops. This creates an instance in which those that waited would have come across nothing but a log in the water.

Since I didn’t wait, and in one of very few points in my life, took some initiative and hopped out of bed at a horrible hour, I got to see this Black Crowned Night Heron. Now with a name like that, you would expect at least… I dunno… a black crown. That’s only for the mature males, though, of which this one is not. So… there that is.

Male Black Crowned Night Heron

Pappy Black Crown rolling with the ducks

I got this shot at about 7:50 in the morning, using a 150-600mm lens and shooting at 1/250 and f6.3, with an ISO of 800.

Let us never speak of these numbers without a “PM” attached to them ever again.

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