I'm told that this is a Black-capped Night Heron, and that it is somewhat
common here. Never seen one before.
> I admit that I'm not good at identifying birds, so you can understand
>why I'm totally baffled at this one that I saw last Friday while cyling
>past a riparian area:
> This is a fairly large bird, about 18-24" long. The plumage varies
>from a white breast to charcoal gray wings and cap. You will notice that
>there are two white tassels fro the back of the head and a pale yellow
>thingy beneath the beak. The feet indicate that this is neither a water
>fowl (not webbed) not a bird of prey (no talons).
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