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This is the third heron species I have seen in Aquatic Park. The other two are the Great Blue Heron and Black-Crowned Night Heron. This bird was the smallest of the three species.
Aquatic Park, Berkeley, CA.
A small and stocky heron with dark plumage. Adults solid chestnut on neck and breast; juveniles streaked on neck. Wing feathers show distinct buff edges making for a sculpted look. Greenish-yellow cere; white mark below eye. Neck usually held compressed for a neckless look, but can be extended to great length. Legs yellow-green; reddish-orange during high breeding plumage. Eye bright yellow. Photomigrations.com