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Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Hi everyone! I was at the Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL yesterday and saw this guy hanging out. Other people were taking photos so I figured I would too. This bird was only about 20 feet away from me; he must be used to people walking around the gardens. Thanks in advance!
Melanie

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Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Here he is a little further back so you can get an idea of size.

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Merritt Island, FL(Zone 10a)

Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Note the half-closed eyes. They really are most active at night..resting-sleeping most of the day.

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Thanks! I looked at some bird websites and saw a picture of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron. I thought it looked similar, but you know how many things in nature look alike. Thanks again for the confirmation!

Whidbey Island, WA(Zone 7a)

Wow - what a treat to see!!

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