N is for Night Heron
Night Heron photo by Paruula on Flikr.
Black-crowned night herons do not look quite like other herons, they have the typical hunched posture, but with shorter necks and legs, which makes their body look stockier. However when they hunt they extend their neck and look more heron-like.
They have a black shadow on their heads and neck, with two or three white plumes extending down their backs that can be erected in greeting and courtship, white chests and underparts, and grey wings.
Their piercing crimson eyes give them excellent night vision, enabling them to see fish moving under the surface even in the dark.
I agree with the photographer who took this great image – it has a rather chilling glare!
Photo © Paruula on Flikr.
Poem © Liz Brownlee.
Facts from Wikipedia.
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