Black-crowned Night Heron on the hunt.


Sometimes when I am out doing a little birding, and hopefully a little photographing, too, I come across little surprises.  Such was the case this morning as I was cruising through Spring Creek Park.  I was traveling along the shore of the creek, about 175 yards across at this point, and I happened to see a light colored blob of something in the brush on the other side.

juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Putting the binoculars on it, I discovered that it was a juvenile Black-crowned night Heron.  He was partially hidden by branches, as he stared down at the water.  I wanted to try and get a better photo of him more out in the open.  I drove down the shore a little bit and found a spot where I could aim my 500mm len through the brush on my side, and also get a better open shot of the bird.  This is the result of that maneuvering around.

juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

I really like this as I got a better side view of the heron.  The photo below is what he will look like when he grows up.  I took this photo a few years back along the Tennessee River at Knoxville, Tennessee.

adult Black-crowned Night Heron

adult Black-crowned Night Heron

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31 thoughts on “Black-crowned Night Heron on the hunt.

    • Thanks, Mia. I have to do that a lot down here with so many trees, etc. I don’t have the “luxury” of all my birds being in the wide open, like a couple of Utah photographers I know. 🙂

      (Hey, I’m just jealous). 🙂

  1. That’s a great view of the heron because he was in a difficult spot! I love the pic of the adult – what’s with those wonderful curving ‘whiskers’? Beautiful red eyes, too!

  2. Great shots. Come take a look at the bird I took a shot of in my recent article. It looks like a hearing. I couldn’t tell if it was real or not because it just didn’t move. It looked like it was on one leg. In fact, I drove a few miles and turned around and it was still in the same position. Do they stand still without moving on one leg for a good long time?

  3. Great shots. Birds are so photogenic – yet so uncooperative sometimes. You must have the patience of…a photographer of wildlife. There are so many bird species here in Costa Rica, but so many of them move so fast. The parrots are like green bullets – the Macaws are so secretive – I’m focusing on birds that hunt in the water. Stealthy hunters are so much more stationary, except for those diving pelicans.
    Ta-ta for now…

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