February 21, 2016

A Peck on the Beak

Photograph by Christine Sandberg, National Geographic Your Shot

Yellow-crowned night herons (Nyctanassa violacea) are usually dormant during the day, but Your Shot member Christine Sandberg caught these two apparent lovebirds in action one afternoon in a park in Pinellas County, Florida. “I noticed something different in their movements and behavior this day. I slowly approached them, they slowly approached each other up in the foliage,” Sandberg writes. “Suddenly—a touch from a beak, and the look of love in their eyes.”

Sandberg’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.

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