Black-crowned Night Herons


I was driving through the park one day.

In the merry, merry month of May.

I was taken by surprise,

By a pair of roguish eyes.

In the merry, merry month of May. πŸ™‚

Actually, I was driving through our downtown city park on the Concho River.Β  I had just finished photographing some young Great Blue Heron chicks on their nest.Β  I happened to glance across the river, and there was this (here it comes) pair of roguish eyes of a Black-crowned Night Heron looking at me.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Here it is sitting in the tree branches contemplating this beautiful day in May.

Black-crowned Night Heron

He gets alerted to something.Β  He stands up on the tree branch and looks around. (with those roguish eyes, of course.)

Black-crowned Night Heron

Whatever has distracted him has made him restless, and he decided to fly away on a lovely day in the merry, merry month of May.

Photographed with my Canon EOS 7D and 500mm lens with a 1.4 tele-converter, tripod mounted.Β  Exposure about 1/1250 sec. @f6.3, -0.3EV, ISO 160.Β  Click on any image to see an enlargement.

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23 thoughts on “Black-crowned Night Herons

  1. Love the eyes..the first shot is fab..looks like he is saying here I am, then oh oh I’m busted and the third shot is exceptional…the eyes are peaking out from under his wing like he is checking you out one more time..they are such interesting birds..love it. (:

  2. Well done Bob. I especially like the take-off shot. I’d probably have lost focus on the bird with all the texture in that close background.

    Now I’ve gotta get that song out of my head…

    • If I can get that center focus point on it, that 7D can do a great job of locking on. Thanks for the compliment, Ron. Now hum along with me……… πŸ™‚

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