The Black-crowned Night Heron normally forages at night. They are very still and deliberate as they wait for prey. These are common birds in the wetlands, and are one of seven in the heron species that use bait to fish. This one is a regular at LSU Lakes, usually perched in the branches of a cypress tree. I was surprised to see him fishing near the golf course, then move over to this rusty dam. He let me get off about six shots and then flew up into the safety of the cypress. I was fortunate to get the bright, red eye gleaming considering the dismal light conditions.
227mm | f/5 | ISO 1600 | 1/1000 sec