I can’t keep up with all these new sightings! In the early evening at Denning’s Point in Beacon, this mysterious heron-shaped bird perched on an open branch. He was noticeably larger than a green heron, but still smaller than the great blue herons.
The problem though, was that I couldn’t get a better shot than this without walking into the Hudson River, so I waited in hiding. A few minutes later, an osprey flew by with a freshly caught fish and perched near enough to him which spooked him off of his perch.
I figured it might be now or never… I would have to try and get a clear shot in flight to make the proper identification. As he flew into perfect light for pictures, I snapped a few photos. Care to see what he looks like when he’s not a silhouette?
I couldn’t believe my luck! It was a black-crowned night heron, a bird I’ve only seen in field guides and identification photos online. This brings me up to a staggering 140 birds photographed in Dutchess County alone. It makes me wonder how many more posts I’ll be able to make that start with ‘New Bird Photographed’.
A short time after the above photo was taken, I went back to see if the heron returned. Wouldn’t you know he was sitting right out in the open, almost begging me to get a better shot? I happily obliged. Enjoy!