My Day With a Night Heron

I had a couple of hours to kill the other day and went to one of our many beach parks to hang out, take some photographs and enjoy the sunshine. While I was there I met someone tall, dark and handsome and spent quite a bit of time in his company.

Night Heron

He was very cooperative and posed nicely for my camera.

Night Heron

He posed left. He posed right.

Night Heron

He even let me come in close.
If I were to make one of these into a  postcard, which would be your favorite shot?

Night Heron

But not too close.

Night Heron

He flew to a nearby tree …

Night Heron

… and suddenly I realized —

Night Heron

He was not alone!

Night Heron

This is how close he let me get before  he flew away.

‘Auku’u

Phonetically: Ah-oo-koo-oo

Or, if you prefer: Black Crowned Night Heron.

Aukuu

'Auku'u

When trying to say ‘Auku’u, the first syllable /Au/ should be prounounced Ow (as in ouch) then oo, all blended together.  Think “kid whine,” OWoo!”   OWoo-koo-oo.  Congrats, you have a new Hawaiian word.

Btw, you’re going to want to click on this fella and make him bigger.