Night Heron


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While waiting for his allotted time to visit the Butterfly Jungle at San Diego’s Safari Park Saturday, Kongo spent a bit of time with a very outgoing Black Crowned Night Heron who was very comfortable in the daylight.

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This Shovel-faced Stork was standing nearby.  These big birds don’t move much and they are very interesting to watch. They almost look like a cartoon character.

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Now I know that serious birders will consider this cheating. Kongo did not go out in the wild and sneak up on these birds with an iPhone bird call app.  He just went to the zoo where the birds are so well fed and protected that you can’t help but get a decent photo of them up close.

Travel safe.  Have fun.

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5 Comments

  1. Nice sharp shot 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sreejith.

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  2. LOVE the shovel faced stork. i thought it looked like a disney character.

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    1. I did too! 🙂

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  3. I find the shovel faced stork facinating ! We call them shoe bill stork, I’ve seen one in a birdpark in Germany, I think there are only 3 in zoo’s in the whole of Europe !

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