Nycticorax nycticorax, 28 November 2010

Nycticorax nycticorax, the Black-crowned night heron;
Lake county, Florida (28 November 2010).

Though far from being considered rare (or even uncommon), the Black-crowned night heron is one of our lesser-observed heron/egret species in peninsular Florida; they’re a bit more reclusive than many of their cousins, and it can be hard to get close to them by land. In this case, I had the benefit of spotting this individual from offshore. Travel by boat has its advantages.

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