We have a balcony that overlooks a man-made lake at our apartment. The lake has ducks, as I’ve spoken of before, as well as a blue heron. One night, we were sitting out on the balcony watching our hummingbird feeder (which is one of the most adorable accessories to our apartment), when just about every possible wildlife experience short of seeing a coyote happened.
There’s a cooper’s hawk I’ve seen around a couple of times. That night, he swooped directly in front of out balcony (I’m pretty sure I made eye contact with him), then he landed in a nearby tree. He had a mouse dinner in his talon.
Our attention was directed back toward the lake, where the ducks were freaking out (Mr. Hawk is large enough to snatch one, for sure), and I saw this curious-looking bird stalking around the shoreline. He looked like a kiwi.
But wait, we aren’t in Australia.
This bird prompted a frantic Google search, ranging anywhere from “waterfowl in Indiana” to “kiwi looking bird in midwest.” Our results were inconclusive. My vote is green heron.
It was too dark to see his coloring, but his silhoutte looked just like that. He’s like the hunchback of waterfowl.
If you couldn’t already tell, I really like birds. Especially hummingbirds. All they do is go cheep cheep cheep and zoom around. It’s adorable.
The whole point of this entry is that we are in the market for binoculars and probably safari hats. And a Land Rover.