For a heron, it is slightly squat and stocky. During the day, it usually sits hunched up in a tree. But at dusk, it becomes active. With its big red eyes, it can still see well enough at night to catch its prey. Standing motionless for long periods in or near the water, it swiftly homes in on its catch with its sharp beak.
The black crowned night heron is found in many places, but there are only a few breeding pairs in the Netherlands.