An Eye Catching Black Crowned Night Heron

One of the several species of birds on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge which give me photography fits is the black crowned night heron. It rarely to almost never sits still for a photograph and always flies off or is hidden in a thick patch of cattails.
Well, lady luck was on my side a few weeks ago as I just arrived on the refuge and came across this black crowned night heron sitting on the bridge railing, seemingly more concerned with the water below than the odd photographer who had just pulled onto the bridge and was fumbling for his camera to take a quick shot.

Miraculously it stayed and posed for a bit, even giving me a chance to get a really detailed photograph of its eye. I can't explain why this one was so cooperative and the vast majority of these wonderful birds take to the sky anytime I am in the area but I am glad it gave me a chance to photograph it. Hopefully I can get a good shot of a male black crowned night heron soon before mother nature calls and they head south for the winter.

black crowned night heron
black crowned night heron

black crowned night heron
black crowned night heron

black crowned night heron
black crowned night heron