Great black muscovy ducks spattered up from amber pools, and tri-colored herons stood like detached shadows of birds, mere cardboard figures, so attenuated that they appeared to exist in only two planes of space.
In brief intervals of less heavy rain we watched passing herons and hawks, while giant anis bubbled and grunted in surprise at our procession.
But still the whole scene was peaceful; and as the sun grew warmer, young herons and egrets crawled out of their nests on the island a few yards away and preened their scanty plumage.
At the height of the evening's flight there were sometimes fiftyherons in sight at once, beating steadily onward until almost overhead, when they put on brakes and dropped.
It seemed as if these tiny islands were magnets drawing all the herons in the world.
And so, initiated by such precedent, I have found it a worthy thing to spend hours in decrepit cabs loitering along side roads in the Botanical Gardens, watching herons and crocodiles, lilies and manatees, from the rusty leather seats.
It was the future to which both the baby herons and I were looking, and for them realization came quickly.
In the evening, great bats as large as smallherons swept down the long front gallery where we worked, gleaning as they went; but the vampires were long in coming, and for months we neither saw nor heard of one.
With eyes enlarged to gather together the scanty rays of light, the night herons were slipping away in the path of the vampires--both nocturnal, but unlike in all other ways.
When the height of homing flight of the host of herons had passed, I noticed a new element of restlessness, and here and there among the foliage appeared dull-brown figures.
There occurred the comic explanation of white herons who had crept deep among the branches, again emerging in house coat of drab!
Compared with these, perching herons are right and seemly fruit.
Going back to my chair, I found that neither jacana, nor gallinules, nor herons had been disturbed by my shot.
When the plan was made the Herons were at Los Angeles, and expecting to stay there.
The invitation had been sent to the Herons by Roger's firmly expressed wish, but Beverley had not dreamed that it would be accepted.
Old nests of hawks, crows, and heronsare frequently appropriated.
The herons and kingfishers were here as well, but not so many of them as on the Danube.
If birds' faces can give any expression of their opinions, it is certain that one of these herons was saying then to the others "Did you ever?
Still it was tempting to go under shady groves when I tried to surprise a flock of herons or a family of wild ducks.
Purple Herons rose at almost every step we took, and each cactus supported the nest of a White Ibis.
I suspect that the herons in winter time that come to the ponds do so for the fish which lie at the bottom on the mud packed close together, that is, when the water is not deep.
It is said that when ice protects the fish herons eat the frogs in the water-meadows; but they can scarcely find many, for though I have been over the water-meadows day after day for snipe, I seldom saw a frog about them here.
It also happens that just before the summer begins the mere is usually at its greatest height; the water is deep almost everywhere, and there are fewer places where the herons could fish with success.
The herons are at the same time the largest and most regular visitors to the mere out of which the brook flows.
The moping herons are no longer stupid; the blinking owls are all activity.
Then a line of cranes and heronspassed over the island.
Herons of all colors and sizes waded about, or slept on one leg.
The cranes and heronssoftly swished the air, the teal and canvasbacks whirred by, and the great Muscovies whizzed like bullets.
The farther down the river the boys traveled the more numerous were the herons and cranes and ducks.
White cranes and blue herons stood like statues upon the reedy bars.
In Mr. Waterton's grounds, near Walton, I have watched the Herons feeding in close proximity to each other.
The papyrus runs from ten to fifteen or sixteen feet in height, so that the Herons are at no loss for suitable spots whereon to place their nests.
Darwin deemed it a mucilage voided by herons after they have eaten frogs, and Pennant attributed it to gulls.
Twenty-seven years ago I saw them there, but I have met people who declare there never was a time known when Night Herons did not frequent this spot.
The Storks fly with outstretched neck, whilst all of the great family of Herons fly with their neck doubled up and the head rather tucked back towards the shoulders.
They show less disposition to leave the estate than the herons in the park.
In the evening and early morning a few wild ducks accompany the herons as low as the reach above Hammersmith Bridge, and single ducks have been seen even at midday flying overhead.
Vincent tells me that in 1902 the herons were heard as far down the river as Chelsea.
A pair of snowy herons flapped tamely about among the pines.
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