Feathered Friday - Heron that Barks Like a Dog

Here are a couple heron sightings by the lake for this #featheredfriday by @melinda010100
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Here is the first heron sighting, a black crowned night heron.

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He started getting suspicious as I circled around for a closer shot.

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I slowly approached from the bank behind him to try and get a shot through the reeds.

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Then off he went into the air letting out loud barks that sounded just like a dog.

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He sounded really mad and kept barking until he landed across the lake.

Here's what it sounded like but much louder in real life. Poor guy was mad I cleared him out of his favorite fishing spot.

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Meanwhile across the lake I stopped to take a picture of a baby wood duck and barely noticed this guy on one of the floating islands.

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At first I thought it might be an American Bittern but his size was too small and coloring was too bold.

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Turns out its a green heron. He was really chill and stayed there the whole time with me just a few feet away, no dog barks out of this guy.

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Meanwhile the baby wood duck noticed me.

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And right as I started taking pictures he started skittering away. They are very shy ducks compared to mallards.

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The red-winged black birds are starting to grow up. Here's a juvenile male with tiny little red feathers starting to form. Sadly this year I didn't get any shots of them emerging from their nests.

That's all for this #featheredfriday :-)

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