Interesting Evening Visitor
Yesterday evening I was surprised to see this adult Black-crowned Night Heron come swooping in to the edge of the marsh near where I was standing. It’s unusual for us to have an adult night heron make an appearance in this area. We often see the youngsters out learning how to fish and survive, but the adults are generally much more secretive and elusive.
This guy seemed quite brave and was not at all intimidated either by my presence or any of the numerous alligators that were out last night cruising for an evening snack.
Although I saw quite a few fish jumping, and other birds were having success, I never saw this guy catch anything! He did appear very comfortable patrolling the edge of the pond area though, so I fully expect to see him again soon.
What a little cutie with those red eyes!
He is cute! Those big red eyes and that bobblehead really make the look!
There was a Cornell Lab of Ornithology online article back on the 5th about a juv YC Night Heron turning up in Canadian Maritimes. It was way off course.
Yeah that guy sounds lost. The kids can do goofy things.
Beautiful red eyes!
They do have huge eyes, almost look too big for their head.
Great series, Phil!! Thanks!
What a treat to see this beautiful bird, Phil! Those huge eyes are really a help for it at night, I guess.
What a cute bird, and beautiful, his eye colors are really something, great shots!!!
What a beautiful little heron! Love his eyes, and he looks happy! Brillliant photos of this little guy — you’ve really captured his essence.
Stunning wing detail in that first pic, Phil! He’s a handsome chap, and I do hope he got himself some supper. 🙂
Very nice series of photos of that bird… the lighting is just great! I especially love the reflection of the heron in the second photo. ;o)
Thanks for sharing,