Yellow-crowned Night Herons

Last night I wasn’t feeling well and went to bed early, so this morning I was able to wake up just after sunrise. Feeling better, I decided to go to the nearby Sheldon Lake State Park to see what birds might be active. The birds are still not there in great numbers but I did find a pair of yellow-crowned night herons standing by one of the ponds and I was able to get some nice photos of them.

The first bird was also in a spot where the water reflected it very nicely. Here it is both as I saw it and inverted to make it look right-side-up.

Though I did not notice it at the time, the second bird was also sitting right next to a snake! I can’t tell what kind of snake it is, but it’s interesting to see how such different species can get along with each other like this.