Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron Maneuvers

The Black-crowned Night-Herons have spread their nests around the rookery after spending a few weeks where I had spotted them last month. This may be to reduce the squabbling, which they are good at.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

Getting into their nests after an outing is a challenge. They circle around the islands looking for a good landing spot.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron  – Click photo for larger view

The landing sequence is typical of the other wading birds, generally looking like they might crash.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

Unlike the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons I have been watching, moments after they land they disappear into the shrubbery, often by hopping down a branch.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

Like the Great Egrets, they continue to bring sticks to the nest. Because of the nest locations we may never see chicks until they are flying.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

 

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