Herons and egrets were everywhere at Lake Temescal Park in Oakland, CA. On my early morning walk around the lake, I counted 10 juvenile or adult Black-crowned Night Herons.
An adult Black-crowned Night Heron posed over still water. Two decorative white plumes trail down its dark back.
A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron walked into the photo I was taking of the Great Egret and its reflection. The heron must have been perched nearby but starting moving toward the egret as its larger cousin moved closer to the shore. Maybe the little heron was hoping for a stolen bit of fish or frog.
It’s difficult to photograph white birds in bright sun; I think the reflection actually gives better contrast.
I wondered why there were so many herons and egrets on this smallish lake until I saw the success the fishermen were having this morning.
Both of these species are “sit and wait” predators, but the smaller heron is by far the more patient of the two. It sits completely still, never moving anything but its head occasionally, while the egret stares at the water for just a few minutes in one area before moving to a new one.