Unlike their other long-necked cousins the swans, these herons fly with their necks tightly folded against their bodies.

The above is a mature bird. Note the white cap and the black epaulets on the shoulder portion of the wing. Juvenile birds lack these features.

Regardless of how many times I see it, the sight of these huge birds precariously perched in and atop of trees looks faintly silly. They do it all the time of course. In fact they nest in trees. Still, it looks very strange.

 

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