Is this a Nycticorax nycticorax? I don't know the American name of the bird, but it looks like this one. We call it 'Kwak' in Dutch. It's nearly extinct here, due to the loss of its foraging grounds. Nice to see it around at your place.
Hi Norrel - yes, you got it! We call it a Black-Crowned Night Heron. He was having a heck of a time getting his dinner down, but he finally succeeded. Turned out his favorite spot to rest is in a tree right over the walk around the pond you can see in the map - so it made for quite a good show. I even got a little video of it.
These herons had their problems around here like a lot of birds did with DDT and all, but they aren't considered so rare around here any more. In reading about them on wikipedia, seems they're found just about everywhere except Australasia. And very funny to see there that your name for them must like in the Falkland Islands where they are known as "quarks" - and that that is an 'onomatopoeic' term. LOL, bet you'd have liked tossing THAT English word around in Mr. Van Bork's class!
(And I think we're all very glad you can get internet at your vacation cottage! Without having to go to work, you'll have LOTS of time for us, even though the Mrs. isn't so thrilled about that.)
What a lovely bird Bits, such a clear reflection too.
Here's its Australian cousin!
ha ha marbiz I meant to do this last night, you beat me to it....and fancy, clancy must have been at the library the same day as me!!! ha ha ha
Hi Bits really terrific pic of the Black Crowned Night Heron, I remember the first conversation I had with kamaly when she commented on my Nankeen Night Heron and helped me with the links (and turned me into a twitcher). Dianne and I kept linking to each other til we got it right, as Guy had kindly warned us of the perils of international humiliation!!! Cheers from H
'Onomatopoeic'? Is that the sound of a Black Crowned Night Heron? Our herons are a lot less fluently, they just say "Kwak".
Well, Norrel, maybe if you allowed them a semester abroad, our herons would give them a good education in English! I'm heading out now to go stop by the pond before heading for kayaking under the moon. Maybe I'll catching him catching dinner again.
And thanks marbiz and Helen! It's so funny to go back and come across our first comments on someone else's page. What's really funny: It seems a lot of those are on bird photos - like helen's, and like this shot!
(and my apologies to all for the scary link in on Guy's photo, lolol!)
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