|Crawfish for Breakfast|
Most of the summer of 2011 was spent chasing this bird around Columbia, MD. I would spend my evenings perusing eBird looking for sightings, and then head for those locations the next day.
Wilde Lake always had sightings, and one day when I arrived there one Yellow-crowned had just been seen, but by the time I arrived where it was seen it was gone.
Finally, on an especially hot morning in June I found him. I was on the North side of Lake Elkhorn and across the lake in the mist burning off the lake I could see the outline of a small heron. I used my telephoto lens on my camera to zoom in, but I still could barely make out the bird in the view finder.
I hurriedly made my way to that side of the lake and down into the weeds. It took me about ten minutes to get to the lake moving as slowly as I could so as not to disturb the heron.
When I got to the edge of the lake I initially thought the heron was gone because he was standing so still. I was worried I had frightened him, but I quickly realized he didn't care about me because it was time for breakfast. I got to spend about twenty minutes within 15 yards of this beautiful bird, closer than most birds let me. I considered this my reward for following him all over Howard County the last few weeks.