Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile

Test flights: Black-crowned Night Heron

The Black-crowned Night Herons built their nests on the interior of the swamp’s islands so we haven’t seen much of the juveniles. A few weeks ago they started to venture out onto branches and this week we’ve seen some fly.

This one dropped down near the path giving me an opportunity for a portrait. His eyes haven’t yet turned to the characteristic red that makes this heron really stand out as an adult.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile

Taking a longer flight, this heron flew to the next island, showing off his sizable feet. Like the Great Blue Herons, the Night Herons seem to be on their own learning to fly.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile

He found a perch and stayed with it.  He had a great spot for watching the Little Blue Herons work on their flying lessons.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s