Black-crowned night-heron

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Uncle Frank, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Black-crowned night-heron

    Identification Tips:
    • Length: 20 inches Wingspan: 44 inches
    • Sexes similar
    • Fairly small, stocky, short-legged and short-necked heron
    • Bill medium-sized and pointed
    • Tucks neck in close to body in flight and at rest, rarely extending it

    Appearance:
    • Red eyes, legs yellow
    • Black bill
    • Black crown and back
    • White face, throat, foreneck, chest and belly
    • Blue-gray wings
    • Two long, white, filamentous plumes extending from back of head in alternate plumage

    I had a chance to do some studies on this hardy little heron at the Baylands Preserve yesterday.

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    Note that the juvenile BCNH looks very different from the adults.

    Juvenile:
    • Eyes yellowish to amber, legs dull greyish
    • Yellow base to bill
    • Brown head, neck, chest and belly streaked with buff and white
    • Wings and back darker brown with large white spots at the tips of the feathers; spots especially large on the greater secondary coverts

    Here's an example, taken June '05.

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  2. The chemist

    The chemist

    Jul 22, 2005
    nashville
    Love the third one frank! I still need to get a few decent shots of these guys:biggrin: they evade me. Their eyes are pretty sweet!
     
  3. Super shots Frank. Great captures of them going about their nest gathering tasks. I'd agree the third shot is a very nice capture.

    Louie
     
  4. Great captures, UF.
     
  5. All super, especially #3. BRAVO
     
  6. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Excellent set Frank. I love this species, especially the huge, almost glowing red eyes. :smile:
     
  7. Thank to all for your kind comments.

    Frank, the red eyes are a little freaky. I'm not sure whether they need Visine or an exorcist. I like their "pigtails". Makes them look like hippie birds - lol.
     
  8. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    Oregon
    Nice images UF. I once found a tree that about a hundred of them in it, made for a rather interesting shot. If you know someone whose got a KenkoPro 1.4 you might borrow it and try it on that 180. I, for the first time, used one I got here with my 80-200 last weekend and it was a nice combination. I'm sure the 180 would also do well with it.

    I've found in birding no matter what lens you have, you are always a 100mm short:)
     
  9. Baxter

    Baxter

    Jan 8, 2007
    Clemson, SC
    Beautiful shots Frank. All really interesting, with lots of great detail and movement.
     
  10. Actually, I have one, Jeff. I've used it on both my 80-200 and 180, and it works pretty well. But there's a cost in terms of effective aperture, AF speed, and image quality, so I prefer to used the unburdened lenses.

    Hehehe. Normally true, but in this case, I was so close to the birds that I had to back off from the 200mm setting for many of my shots. This shot, for instance, is a crop of a frame that was taken at 112mm.

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  11. senna

    senna

    Jan 6, 2007
    San Jose Ca.
    Great shots Frank. I was back up there myself today. Isn't it funny the noise those guys make? Met a guy up there that had 4 or 5 bodies lecia,d40x, d70s,d80. Said he was maping (my word} sensor for new APPLE software.
     
  12. Very nice Frank! # 3 is the favorite with the wings swooping forward - very well done!
     
  13. They are hilarious. Their gurgling had me giggling while I was shooting :).
     
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