the heron and the iris

When I visited Lake Temescal park in January, I saw several Black-crowned Night Herons perched along the shore.  The juveniles fledged long ago and probably left this small lake, so only a couple of adults remain.

Black-crowned Night Herons hid in the emerging cattails and yellow iris during their morning hunt.

An adult Black-crowned Night Heron hid in the emerging cattails and yellow iris during their morning hunt.

Bright yellow iris bloomed all along the shoreline of Lake Temescal.

Bright yellow iris bloomed among the cattails all along the shoreline of Lake Temescal.

With feathery plumes draped over its shoulder, this heron was not happy with me creeping up on it.

With feathery plumes draped over its shoulder, this heron gazed out over the shoreline, but was not happy to have his hunting time disturbed with me creeping up.

So I pretended to photograph the yellow iris instead.

So I pretended to photograph the yellow iris instead.

Not fooled by my attention to plants instead, the bird flew off to  a quieter area.

Not fooled by my attention to plants instead, the bird flew off to a quieter area.

See you next time...

See you next time…

A pretty place to look for herons!

A pretty place to look for herons!

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