It was taken in Norfolk Va. less then 10-20 miles from the Chesapeake bay. We also have a “river” nearby about half a mile away.
I have seen this bird every night/early morning between 12 and 3 am. It is not a super large bird maybe 16-18 inches tall at the head. Walks with what appears to be a normal gait but it does not “bob its head” while walking. Due to the time of night I only have poor to very poor pictures of this bird. IT is a flat grey or slate grey plumage and a dark black ring of feathers on its neck with a white patch on its head or face.