This and the previous shot are of a magnificent 1933 Graham, taken at the Greenwood Car Show in Seattle last month.
I’ve imaged Crested Night Herons before but they draw me back with their blood red eyes and long jaunty white head plumes. I tried to catch this pretty boy snacking on the pond fauna but he was too quick for me. Interesting birds, apparently very social, nesting together hidden in trees until evening when they split up for solitary hunts.
Sam got me interested in learning a little more about these creatures, 30 million years they’ve been flying the waterways of this Earth in essentially the same form. That is positively prehistoric! Average size is around 5 feet long, 9 foot wingspan, and 15 pounds. Here you can see how their flexible elbow or ulna allows the wing to fold in half for storage when not in flight. For more images click Read the rest of this page »