California North Coast

Avian Drama At The Berkeley Marina!

Black-crowned night heron. Minding its own business.

Black-crowned night heron. Minding its own business.

We just spent a couple of days in Berkeley, staying at the Berkeley Marina Doubletree. Our room was on the first floor overlooking the marina, so all I had to do was open the sliding glass door and walk ten feet to see and photograph the various birds that were hanging about, including this black-crowned night heron. As you can see, it was late afternoon and the light was really nice. I’d taken three shots when…

Incoming!

Incoming!

a great blue heron flew into the frame from stage left. I just stood there and kept shooting. The smaller heron sprang into the air.

I want THIS rock.

I want THIS rock.

And got out of the way as fast as it could.

My rock.

My rock.

Not only was this a great little slice of life sequence, but…wow….the light.

I am happy now.

I am happy now.

It was all over in less than 30 seconds.

There.

There.

The night heron, having moved not really any farther than it had to, continued on about its evening routine.

Moving on.

Moving on.

All is peaceful again.

Sundown

Sundown

 

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