January 25, 2015

The look of absolute concentration.

This black crowned night heron was starring down some small morsel just before it pounced.
Photo taken at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples Florida.

Nycticorax nycticorax

Young Black-crowned Night-Herons leave the nest at the age of 1 month but cannot fly until they are 6 weeks old. They move through the vegetation on foot, joining up in foraging flocks at night.
The oldest Black-crowned Night-Heron on record was 21 years, 1 month old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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