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.

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

 

13 thoughts on “Interesting Evening Visitor

  1. 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.

  2. What a beautiful little heron! Love his eyes, and he looks happy! Brillliant photos of this little guy — you’ve really captured his essence.

  3. Hi Phil,
    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,
    Mick

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