Night Herons in Arizona

Out of the shadows - 2014 © Christopher Martin
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Among the tangles - 2014 © Christopher Martin

When we were in Sedona a couple of weeks ago, I drove to the Page Springs Sanctuary in search of birds to photograph.  Arizona is the winter home to many species that summer in Canada and I enjoyed seeing a pair of Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) during my visit to the river near the springs.

Heron's yawn - 2014 © Christopher Martin
It was mid-morning and they were not active.  They were perched over the river deep in the tangled branches of the huge trees.  This yawn was the most action that I saw while I watched them.  Didn’t bother me, they were great to see resting in this quiet forest.

Perched in shadow - 2014 © Christopher Martin
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A red eye in the trees - 2014 © Christopher Martin

6 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Life in the Garden.

    March 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

  2. Wonderful photographs and now I think we realize the origin of “Fascinator” : )

    March 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  3. Pingback: Black-crowned night heron migration, new study | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Hi, Christopher. I really have enjoyed browsing through your recent posts. Look forward to coming back.

    March 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm

  5. Nice photos

    February 17, 2014 at 7:35 am

  6. Beautiful series, beautiful bird.

    February 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

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