September 23, 2013


Attack by ricmcarthur
Attack, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

We were in Ohio attending the Midwest Birding Symposium put on by Bird Watchers Digest this past weekend.
On our way back we drove through a marsh area and saw a black-crowned night heron hunting.
I had several photos of it staring at the water and then it took off after its prey, a small fish, which it caught and ate.
My imac is not cooperating so I am having trouble retrieving photos.

Scientific stuff
Nycticorax nycticorax

With a range that spans five continents, including much of North America, the Black-crowned Night-Heron is the most widespread heron in the world. It is most active at dusk and at night, feeding in the same areas that other heron species frequent during the day.
Adult Description
Medium-sized, stocky heron
Short neck and thick black bill.
Black cap and back.
Wings gray.
Underparts white.
Source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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