Thanks Mia. I spent some time yesterday morning focused on photographing an immature Black-crowned Night Heron at the dawn of the day in the marsh at Farmington Bay WMA. Oh what a treat - for you, and for us. What a treat to see. Black-crowned night herons do not fit the typical body form of the heron family. It’s good…, Outstanding photographs! Beautiful bird ain't it? While the adult has a dark bill, the bill of a juvenile shows extensive yellow, especially on the lower mandible. Adults have soft gray plumage with a black back, red eyes and a black crown. Immatures are brown with large white spots on the wings and blurry streaks on the underparts. Adults have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Immature Black-crowned Night Heron warming up in the morning light – Nikon D500, f10, 1/1250, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light. The throat and chest of young birds show broad and blurry streaks. Adults have all-black bills; immatures have yellow-and-black bills. Thick-necked heron with a thick bill. The sexes are similar in appearance although the males are slightly larger. Some of the Birds I love at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Scenery, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Birds, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Wildlife, Journey to Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge – an Oasis in the West Desert of Utah, Early Morning Immature Black-crowned Night Heron, Photographing An Immature Ferruginous Hawk Hunting For Breakfast, Focusing On Adult Male Rough-legged Hawks, Adult American Robin Gobbling Down A Crabapple – Thanksgiving 2020, Hen And Drake American Wigeon Pair Close To Home, Autumn American Bison Bull And The Great Salt Lake, Adult Common Raven On A Sign At Bear River MBR. Was able to get 2 in focus shots before it flew back into the trees! near the Port Darlington Marsh! This was a long yawn for a wading bird, I have twenty-two more images that I took during this yawning session stored on my hard drive now. Immature Black-crowned Night Heron Sleeping in the Rain Anahuac NWR Chambers County Texas December 28, 2014. At the time I took these photos I actually wondered if the bird was going to expel a pellet but it was merely a big yawn. Image of immature, blackcrowned, aves - 122383959 © Jeff Timmons | Macaulay Library. Wow, as always your images are a joy to see. And then as if on cue the immature night heron preened its feathers in the warmth of the morning sun. Immature Black-crowned Night Herons are primarily brown with large white spots on the wings and blurry streaks on their underparts and have orange colored eyes. If asked to describe the demeanor of this species in one word I’d have to say that word would be “chill” because they usually seem so calm to me. Individuals in southern South America are darker below with a paler gray cap. We’ve watched them perching on mangrove roots, walking carefully along the edge of mud flats, and picking their way through cypress strands. Such a pretty bird. I could see downy bits of feathers stuck on the end of the bill in a few photos and perhaps those bits of fluff irritated the heron. Preferred habit for Black-crowned Night Herons are wetlands that include fresh and saltwater marshes, streams, lakes, ponds, swamps, tidal mudflats, lagoons, rivers, reservoirs, wet agricultural fields and rivers. I took a lot of images while the heron preened, probably too many, but in my experience I’ve noticed that these birds take their time while they preen. Eyes red. Black-crowned Night-Herons show a heavy and sharply pointed bill. They are relatively stocky with shorter bills, legs, and necks than their more familiar cousin… Immature Black-crowned Night Herons are primarily brown with large white spots on the wings and blurry streaks on their underparts and have orange colored eyes. Look for them in most wetland habitats across North America, including estuaries, marshes, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. Black-crowned Night Herons can live up to 21 years. Copyright Mia McPherson | All Rights Reserved. Seen by day, these chunky herons seem dull and lethargic, with groups sitting hunched and motionless in trees near water. Immature Black Crowned Night Heron.

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