Yellow-crowned Night Heron


A funny thing happened to me on the way to the forum hospital this morning.  I was taking my wife over to get a cataract removed from her right eye.  As we passed the old K-mart building we noticed high water from yesterday’s rains in the bar ditch running along side.  In it there was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, (Nyctanassa violacea), wading in the rushing water.  It is a bird that is not seen in this area all the time.

Gosh, what to do. What to do.  Do I stop for photographs or rush my wife to the hospital?  Easy decision.  We stopped for photographs.  Hey, it’s not like Ann was pregnant or anything.  Besides, we were running early.  I was able to pull into the parking lot alongside and use my Canon EOS7D and 100-400mm lens from the car window.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Ann was just as thrilled with the babies  photos as I was.  She didn’t get upset at all and we made it to the hospital with time to spare.  By the way, the surgery went fine and she is anxious to get back to birding tomorrow and try out her new “eyes”.

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