Saturday, May 2, 2009

Unexpected Sighting


Yesterday, I went to the farmers' market in Oakland.

This was an unexpected sighting at the heart of Chinatown market. It was perched on top of a car for a good 20 minutes. It wasn't bothered by the people walking in the sidewalk. Maybe it just needed a rest. I'm not familiar with this bird so I don't know if that's their normal behavior. If anybody knows, please tell me. Thanks!
Update: Kayleen at Nebraska Birding said it's a Black-crowned Night Heron. Thanks Kayleen!

Thanks also to Bruce!

I do hope it found its way back home too!




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22 comments:

  1. I don't know what that bird is either, but if you go to www.whatbird.com he might be a Black-Crowned Night Egret.

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  2. Perhaps he couldn't afford a taxi and was just hoping for a ride.

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  3. so cool I really enjoyed his expressions Sandy

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  4. What a looker! He's such a gorgeously goofy bird:) Hilarious to see him in the city!

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  5. Your Black-crowned night heron is most assuredly not in his/her natural habitat! They are usually found in marshy areas and roost in trees. Probably why he felt somewhat comfortable atop the car. Hope he found his way home to his marsh. Great captures.

    Thanks for stopping by Nebraska Birding

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  6. You got good close shots, seems friendly too.

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  7. He is a nice looking bird. I wonder how he ended up here?

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  8. I have no idea what type of bird that is, but great close up shots of him!

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  9. Shey: That was a wonderful capture of a neat heron :D. I saw one in Florida at the aquarium of all places.

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  10. He is a heron and the city, on top of a car is definitely not his usual place! What a hoot! Great photos! Thanks!

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  11. Excellent photos! :) Maybe he was wondering why you were standing around for so long, LOL!

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  12. What an interesting, beautiful bird. Amazing that he was so tame.

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  13. It looks like he was just having a good time checking things out! Very cool pictures!

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  14. I really enjoyed your pictures. It was so nice of the bird to pose for you! :P

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  15. Those are very cool photos !!

    Nice looking bird. perhaps it was hoping to hitch a ride :-)

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  16. It's a beautiful birds. Egrets are often found at zoos/aquariums where they will steal food when the animal sare fed, so maybe if there's one near, he came from there

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  17. you are so blessed to capture such a beauty.
    have a blessed week shey!

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  18. beautful bird....probably just looking for a bargain. looked one part penguin to me. ah evolution and all it's wonders. take care and have a lovely sunday, jack c

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  19. It is a beautiful bird. You captured it well, great photos..

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  20. What a cool bird!!! It looks so calm..I would flip if I seen one like that in the city. Awesome pictures, just beautiful.

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