I love taking pictures of my backyard birds, but I also enjoy getting beyond the backyard – and one of my favorite places to go is Cochran Shoals. This park has a path that is sandwiched between the Chattahoochee River on one side and a series of trails that meander through swamps and tree-filled fields on the other side. You never know what you’ll see when you visit, but you never come away disappointed.
Earlier this week, my daughter and I paid a visit to this nature lover’s paradise. We enjoyed visiting with some Mallards, an Indigo Bunting, and a Great Blue Heron who was standing on his skinny legs in the center of the river, patiently waiting for the right moment to spear a fish, but the highlight of the morning was coming across this Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
Isn’t he amazing? He looks like a crime-fighting superhero with a bit of a dark side.
A fellow photographer had spotted him and waved us over to get some shots. (May I just pause and say that I have found that a sweet camaraderie exists among nature photographers; the joy of discovering beauty seems to be enhanced by the joy of sharing it.) As I stood and watched this handsome Heron, something in the murky water caught his attention, and with a quick step and a flutter of the wings, he went to investigate.
Steadily he crept along, one foot slowly following another.
He seemed unconcerned about our presence, but when two rather boisterous ladies came along and (loudly) asked about him, he turned around and headed to a less visible area.
I was so blessed that the friendly photographer shared the beautiful bird he encountered with us; and I am doubly blessed to get to share it with you. 🙂