Gru of Despicable Me fame hangs out in Colorado. Okay, maybe not, but I swear these Black-crowned Night Herons bear an extraordinary resemblance. 😉 I have only gotten pictures of these birds a few times so when I happened across one recently, I did my best stealthy approach to try to get a decent capture. Crouching down, I waddled like a duck through some tall grass, contorting myself to get this picture of the red-eyed creature as it kept watch on the water for a meal.
With the heat of summer settling in, my after work photo excursions have been limited as the wildlife hides from the hot temperatures. Today, instead, I spent my lunch hour at Denver City Park with these beautiful birds.
In this sequence, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron doesn’t want to share its spot of the pond with a similarly young Snowy Egret. Mama Egret swoops in though and sets the young ones straight. It was a lot of fun to watch.