Boat-billed Heron
Cochlearius cochlearis
The Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearis) is a strange-looking water bird of Mexico, as well as others areas of Central and South America. It is mainly nocturnal but can be often seen during daylight as well. The shots here were digital captures in December, 2004, in southern Tamaulipas, Mexico. Note the very large eyes, certainly helpful for its night hunting habits. The shots were taken from a small flat-bottomed boat as we moved slowing through a swamp. The shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and an EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens.