Black-crowned Night-Heron

1/500s at f8.0, ISO1600, Canon EOS-1D X w/800mm, x1.4 converter

The breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. Black-crowned Night Herons nest in colonies on platforms of sticks in a group of trees, or on the ground in protected locations such as islands or reed beds. Three to eight eggs are laid. These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammal and small birds. During the day they rest in trees or bushes. The North American population winters in Mexico, the southern United States, Central America, and the West Indies.
Gilbert Water Ranch, AZ