These two photos are of Black-crowned night heron’s. The heron above is a mature, adult heron. The photo below is a black-crowned night heron in its juvenile plumage. Quite a difference, as is with birds.
I’ve always been interested in the Horned Lark, (Eremophila alpestris) since I first saw a drawing of it in an old bird field guide. I had my first encounter with one (as seen here) at Joeseph D. Grant County Park in San Jose, CA just two days ago. Surprisingly there were a good number of them hanging out by the trails, and they weren’t terribly shy.