There were other birds around, too: two Great Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, and three Black-crowned Night-herons were hunting for fish, while several Double-crested Cormorants were swimming in the pond or sitting on the rocks further out. I saw a Belted Kingfisher fly down the channel toward the larger pond, several Barn Swallows hawking for insects in the evening sky, and heard a Northern Flicker calling from somewhere just out of view.
One of the Black-crowned Night-herons – a juvenile – was fishing right near the concrete wall right near where I was standing. Although the sun had disappeared behind a bank of clouds, casting a gloomy light over the water, the bird was close enough to get a few decent photos. I like how the red eye provides a spot of colour in this image:
From there it jumped up onto the wall, where I was able to photograph it against the colourful wildflowers on the opposite side of the bank:
A bit of sunlight began to shine through the clouds, reflecting off the water, and I moved around the pond so that the heron was positioned right in front of the orange reflection. I think this photo of the heron’s silhouette is my favourite from that evening:
I usually don’t go for walks so close to dusk, but I was really glad I did this time. There was much more activity than I had expected, with several birds looking to catch their last meal of the day or find a spot to spend the night. It was great to see the juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron out in the open, too, for they usually aren’t as conspicuous as the other heron species. After all the construction during the past year or so, it’s wonderful to see all the birds there this summer!