After I finished photographing the heron's nest, I was ready to head home. I had been shooting for over 7 hours and the thought of sitting in my nice comfortable leather office chair while I leafed through today's shoot, felt quite appealing to me.
As I headed back up the lake trail towards Clove road I spotted some movement under the trees lining the brook connecting the first two lakes. I recognized that it was a night heron.
When I originally attempted to get a shot of the first one I saw here some 5 years or so ago I always spotted the lone bird very close, if not on the rocks in front of the waterfall at the end of the first of Clove's lakes.
But this year I have spotted an explosion of sorts of night herons here at Clove lakes. I've spotted them at various locations around the park. One in one location, then another a few minutes later in another. I've also spotted males and females flying around in pairs now. So obviously they have found our lake to be very much to their liking.
This male found the hunting good at this spot. As they like small fish worms and insects that inhabit such locations, its not hard to see why.
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