I have painted something new, but it's not on paper! What could it be? You'll have to wait and find out as it still needs some finishing touches! This birdie is a nankeen night heron. A naturally shy species that requires a (nan)keen eye to spot sometimes.
Although it's the closest National Wildlife Refuge to me, Nisqually isn't one of my favorite places to photograph. In some respects, it's what a "wildlife refuge" should be - a place in the middle of our bustling cities where wildlife can relax and get away from us. Most of the waterfowl are far off, and the lone owl I found this day was asleep. Even the eagles kept their distance.
On this day, though, on the way to the boardwalk I noticed this heron. He wasn't too far away, and didn't seem to mind me as I crouched down and hung out for awhile. Even the herons at Juanita Bay and Marymoor are more skittish, and he was even kind enough to pose in front of a nice background of reeds.