Adult Black-crowned Night Herons(Nycticorax nycticorax) sport fine white plumes from the back of their heads. They are the night shift of the heron world, feeding after dark in the same areas that other herons use during the day.
Great Blue Herons snatch small fish from the water with the tips of their sharp beaks. But before they can swallow the snack, they have to toss and spin it around so it slides down head first.
Behind the lens.
I tried to photograph the cranes at Bosque del Apache, but I got fed up with the crowd of photographers. So instead, we found this heron fishing in one of the canals below the road, and photographed him catching five fish. A lot of other photographers drove past us, parked on the roadside, but none of them ever saw this avian acrobat at work.
Green Herons stand very still and suddenly snatch small fish from the water. They often use lures to up their odds, dropping bread crumbs, insects, feathers or even twigs onto the water to entice curious fish within range of their spear-like beaks.