Thursday, November 4, 2021

Herons of lower Manhattan

We've been enjoying many heron sightings around the city recently, especially around the harbor. This gorgeous Great Blue Heron struck a pose on a piling near Battery Park in the late afternoon sun.

Its long silvery feathers are so elegant.

Not far away, an immature Black-Crowned Night Heron played with a piece of wood it found in the water.

This one tries its luck hunting along the East River shoreline.

Score! The heron catches a crab.

Toss and gulp!

An adult Black-Crowned Night Heron watches from a nearby perch.

For a while, night herons were being spotted fairly regularly in Tompkins Square Park.  A quick check of eBird reveals the last observation of one there was in 2019.

As the sun sets, the night heron's day is just beginning...

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