Pam wanted to go fishing so I took off with the camera to Montauk Lake to see what I could find. As soon as I got there Pam called me to let me know there was a different bird near her, one she had never seen before and she had no idea what it was. Reluctantly I turned around and headed back to Pam, I figured it would fly away before I got there. Luckily it was still there. It went from a branch down to the river while people fished within 25 feet of it. I was able to get a ton of photos; most of them didn’t turn out since it was getting so dark. We figured out it’s a Yellow Crowned Night Heron. The naturalist showed up at his office so I went and got him so he could see it. He said he had never seen one at Montauk and it might be the first confirmed siting of one in a Missouri State Park. If it is he is going to list it as found at Montauk by Pam and I along with one of the photos.
After a while I headed back to the lake to get a panoramic photo of the spring area. It’s one of the best panoramic photos I have taken.