There it was in broad daylight again, a little after noon, the so-called “night-heron.” I was at the table, and just happened to catch sight of it through the window. It was in the small cove between our property and Smith Point. I thought, “someone needs to tell this bird it’s not supposed to show up until dusk; then after a bit, “maybe it learns that when it’s older.”

I grabbed the camera and tip-toed out the front door as quietly as I could. Moving around to the pond side of the house, I kept a big bush between me and the bird. When I ran out of cover, I was still a bit far, but I stepped out anyway and clicked off a few shots. Startled, my subject flew off. Its flight response was so fast that even though I knew it was coming, I couldn’t aim and shoot fast enough to capture it.

The hunched up position you see here is a characteristic pose, as well as the outstretched neck in my earlier post. If you compare the two photos, you can see just how extensible the neck is.

This young, Black-crowned Night-Heron was photographed on August 16, 2011, at 12:43 pm.

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One Response to Young Night-Heron II

  1. Jim Fett says:

    Nice work Ron! Haven’t seen these around the pond in a while.

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