Black-Crowned Night Heron, St. Augustine FL

I first saw these birds in Arizona.  They were one of the first unknown birds I saw that I was able to identify from my bird book (I mean, check out that orange-red eye), so they’ve been a favourite.  I usually see them snuggled into a bush, either asleep or perching stock-still.  You don’t need to worry about a fast shutter speed with a night heron.

So when I saw one in the water, more-or-less actively hunting (which still involved a lot of standing stock-still), I was pretty excited, even though it was a fair distance away.

Black-crowned night heron gunnel-deep in pond, hunting.

Heron hunting in pond, with reflection.

 

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6 Responses to Black-Crowned Night Heron, St. Augustine FL

  1. Jim Robertson says:

    Great shots, I’ve never seen doing anything than sitting in a tree either.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – In one other location (Harris Neck) we saw one sitting out on a log, apparently hunting, but the other 30 or 40 of his feathered brethren were all hunkered down in the bushes.

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    Do they have those in the Galapagos? On our last day there, I took a picture of something that looked rather like this, and I think I remember the red eye too. My comment at the time was that I thought it looked like a very angry heron, but I never got (or bothered to get) a proper identification.
    JIm T

  3. The composition with reflections in the second shot makes it irresistible. I hope you have enough wall space to frame all such contemplative loveliness.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Thanks kindly. This was taken at such a distance that I fear it would not print well at all. Thank goodness for screen-size viewing!

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