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Night Stalker

Day of the Malayan Night Heron

Day of the Malayan Night Heron

Just call me Richard Ramirez

Just call me Richard Ramirez

I’ve always had an eye for the birds and that hasn’t changed since I’ve been in Taiwan. The odd looking critter in the snap in a Malayan Night Heron. This one stalks around CKS Memorial but I’ve seen a few others in strange parts of town, including a patch of grass opposite the Veterans Hospital in Shipai.

I’m not really sure what they’re doing in these places, as apparently they’re meant to be near rivers and lakes. Also, most of the info. that I can find online refers to them being in central and southern Taiwan … Anyway, they’re rather ugly looking langers but I kind of like them. When they sense you approaching, they do this weird wobble of their gullet, rolling it in and out. If you get too close they’ll suddenly flap up into the branches, though they don’t seem to be the best fliers and look happiest plodding around grassy areas in the shade of trees.

What I have discovered, though, is that they don’t seem to have much in the way of peripheral vision – at least this one didn’t. As long as I was directly behind, and approached slowly, I could get up close without her noticing, a technique which didn’t prove nearly as effective with most of the birds I knew in the old days …


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