Ok, I said in gorey tribute that this bird is a yellow crowned night heron, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong. And I don’t know what it is. What is it? I am in San Antonio, Texas and have seen this bird twice on Riverwalk. It is not shy, though perhaps a bird has to get over that to live on this section of the river. It let me take four flash photos from about four feet way and never spooked. I thought it was a heron, but that is a pretty aggressive looking beak for a heron….
This is a twilight cell phone photograph and terrible, except that it reminds me of Edward Gorey. His book The Doubtful Guest has a creature that looks amazingly like this! It is not really clear if the creature has wings or arms, but his creature wears a scarf.
This is one of a small pair of herons that I walked by two nights ago. I think this is a yellow crowned night heron, even though we can’t see the crown. The other was in the path ahead of me.
I did not use the flash and this one looks even more like the Doubtful Guest in the low light. This one flew when two other people walked by, but the one beside the path waited and let me attempt flash photographs… thank you, kindly, Edward Gorey inspirational birds.