Black-Crowned Night Heron Waiting

Where land meets water
under the Hawaiian sun,
a black-crowned night heron (’auku’u)
stands with no bait, no lure,
and without a fishing pole,
patiently waiting
for the perfect fish
to come swimming by.
Black-Crowned-Night-Heron
Suddenly…
the ‘auku’u makes its move
snap, shake, and swallow
lunch in the blink of an eye.     ~ms

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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24 Responses to Black-Crowned Night Heron Waiting

  1. montucky says:

    Great photo and great writing!

  2. Nature has so much to teach us, no?

  3. I have seen them do this before! It is amazing.

  4. mr.e says:

    Hi Mary, I really enjoy your photos and writing. I hate to be a nit-picker, but your kingfisher ain’t a kingfisher. It’s a black-crowned night heron. And you’ve captured him gloriously.
    ed

    • It is?
      Hmmmm….I will have to look that up.
      In Hawaii, someone told me this one was a kingfisher.
      Ok. I just searched the name you gave me.
      You are absolutely correct and I (and my photo) stand corrected!
      It is a black-crowned night heron.
      This bird could be called a king of fishing, or a fishing king—but, as you say, it ain’t a kingfisher.
      The name of this bird in Hawaiian is ‘Auku’u.

  5. ajaytao2010 says:

    Mary thank you the temple in Hawaii was beautiful. great, awsome

  6. pjb1943 says:

    Hello Mary,
    A note to thank you for your visit to my humble blog and the opportunity to visit and discover your own. This was a wonderful little poem and photo essay. Great imagery and easy flowing rythm to it.
    Best to you,
    Paul

  7. Very nice images throughout your site, Mary. Thanks as well for liking my post “Watering Hole”.

  8. Amit says:

    Very nice shot. The colors and the eyes are striking.

  9. Lora says:

    Your photos are remarkable and I love the stories that accompany them.
    Oh, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  10. Thanks Lora….the same compliment applies to you. Your photos are beautiful and I love the background information that you give (regarding the photos). It gives the photos so much meaning.

  11. I love these birds! So mysterious looking…we see a lot of them where I live, here in northern California, as well.

  12. Yes, they are a little bit different. Standing like a penguin….

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