H: Herons

H is for Herons
This is a Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) that I photographed at the Giza Zoo. I watched a group of these birds for hours as they alternately perched in trees and swooped down to the pond to catch fish. They have amazingly long necks – which I’ll post a picture of later. I have not seen one in the wild but my Birds of Egypt and the Middle East book assures me that these herons are a “fairly common migrant and winter visitor in Egypt”. Learn more about herons and egrets.