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Black-Crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) | by Dale Scott.
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Black-Crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

I finally found and made it out to the Big Lake Interpretive Trail for a couple hours. I found the Heron at the far end of the trail near a culvert, he took me totally by surprise and this is the best of two shots. I know it's not a great shot but it's a first for me in a number of ways. Until last year I had no idea we had these beautiful Herons in the area, I have never seen one before and of course it's a first photo. As for the area around the trail, there's so many birds and so much activity it's difficult to describe. And, yes those Black Terns are fierce defenders of their nesting area.

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Taken on June 7, 2011