Monday, January 17, 2011

Ninja Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron at Milford Harbor

So stealthy, so unexpected. Sometimes in the summer I see Night-Herons doing their Ninja thing in Milford harbor -- standing like statues, waiting to suddenly lurch forward and stab at fish. But I think this is the first time I've seen one in the middle of winter. It took a minute or two of standing gazing at the pretty snow scene for the bird to resolve itself in my vision. What a lovely thought: that there is all manner of cryptic beauty out there waiting to be decoded.


  1. Hi Vanessa. Thanks for dropping in on the Early Birder.
    This Heron was well spotted inthe snowy conditions. I'm always amazed at the length of time these type of birds stand stationery, patiently waiting for their prey. Well done. FAB.

  2. Hey, thanks Frank! I am stunned, too, by how they can be so utterly motionless for so long, like statues.