Heron watching for fish

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

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After my usual Sunday morning visit to my local botanical garden, I went to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach. Some day I would love to be at this location in the morning, but they don’t open until noon. This day was unusual because a black-crowned night heron flew in and started eying the koi in the pond. Garden employees tried shooing the heron away (as he surely intended to eat some koi), but he was persistent and kept landing in places where he could not be reached. Here he’s perched at the edge of an island in the koi pond. He never even tried catching a fish while I was there, but he watched the fish for a long time. Perhaps he was planning for some after-dark fishing. Note that the water behind the heron looks very green because so much foliage surrounds the pond and is being reflected. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 300mm, f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 250, afternoon sun with some clouds, handheld)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “January Feature Challenge” in Closeups in Nature group (March 2014)

Featured in Love These Creatures (29 January 2014)

Featured in Closeups in Nature (31 January 2014)

Featured in Love These Creatures (29 January 2014)

Featured in Absolute Clarity (5 September 2011)

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