Saturday, June 1, 2024

The Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Evening unveils a smokey blue outline, barely perceived,

Until eyes detect the slow, mystical and graceful motion,

Of this shadow-bird, this seeming illusion.

Slim yellow-feathered tassel tapers gracefully,

Down a slender, bobbing head like a queen’s crown,

Catching glimmers of light in the darkness.

Short, stick legs carry her rounding, feathered body.

She is chiaroscuro come alive,

Fearing no human, no predator,

Searching for bushes, trees, that promise safety,

For nesting of her young, soon coming,

That, together, she and her mate will nurture.

Time and instinct weigh heavily upon her now,

Moving her forward, seeking seeking,

Indigo Queen, walking and reigning only in the night,

Her dusky presence reveals itself to me,

Like a dream, like a charmed vision,

Her profound magic enchants me.

Photo at top: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron. Wikimedia Commons photo.

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Annette Pisano-Higley is a Registered Nurse living in both Albany and Florida. She is a published song-lyricist and published a book of her original Adirondack poetry, with photography by her husband Walter Higley, Adirondack Echoes, available on Annette’s book was inspired by their idyllic summers at the beloved family Camp on Limekiln Lake, Inlet, in the beautiful Adirondacks. Her second book, Kaleidoscope, is an eclectic collection of original poetry as inspired by the ever-changing colors and directions of life.

2 Responses

  1. Boreas says:

    Beautiful birds! I wish we had them up here, but if you can track down a Black-crowned Night Heron, they are just as interesting and beautiful. I have encountered both when on walking marsh trails/boardwalks midday – I just happen to look into a shady, dense bush about head-height and there is a night heron looking back at me! They tend to hang tight when roosting and not flush unless you pester them. Enjoy!!

  2. Annette Pisano Higley says:

    Thank you so much Boreas I will be on the lookout for a black-crowned heron!

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