The name great blue heron gives off all these positive vibes of a large, regal bird even before seeing it. Sadly, I didn’t find one during my wanderings one day last fall. There is a reason that large birds get an extra 15 points on my bird likeability index. Typically, I find the big ones far more impressive.
However, I did find what looked like a much smaller cousin and was a little intrigued. I had never seen it before.
Now I’m not sure who is responsible for naming birds but I have to give them credit on this one. Some less creative souls might have settled on smaller blue heron and the descriptor would have held some weight. The problem would be that I would always feel like I was missing out by not finding the real one – you know the big one. When I checked on this bird’s name, I came up with black-capped night heron. Suddenly I didn’t feel so bad. Maybe this smaller bird had some game. I was happy to ignore the fact that this bird was hardly a night cap since I had the advantage of being able to photograph it during the day. At the end of the day, I decided that I liked the name and the bird … and had forgotten all about that other one.