Night Heron Interpretive Dance

Sometimes you just get lucky. Today, I had only walked a few hundred meters from my apartment and happened upon a yellow-crowned night heron doing a strange series of postures, which you can see below. The purpose was unclear to me. I saw no potential mate to impress. It was doing a sort of hyperventilation that I’ve seen herons and egrets doing before. If anyone knows what this heron was up to, let me know!

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