I was out on my boat near Nanaimo, BC, a few weeks ago when I spotted this heron in the trees above me.
Herons are a daily sight in this part of the world. You will often see a Great Blue Heron flying overhead, or standing in the water, motionless, until a fish comes near, and then *snap* … lunch.
But this one is different. I’ve seen a lot of herons but never one with the colouring of this one. It is the size of a Great Blue Heron but it was all speckled grey and white.
I don’t think it’s a juvenile because it was huge and the juveniles I have seen have the same colouring as the adults, but with softer fluffier feathers.
This one intrigued me so much that I even let my sister drive the boat so I could get a better shot! (I think she’s only the second person I have ever allowed to drive.) So I have to thank Kathleen for helping me get this shot.
If you know what kind of heron this is, please let me know in the comments.