Tag Archives: Black-crowned Night-Heron

Audience Unmoved

They’ve seen it before…so have I but I still like to photograph it.

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing

Touchdown!

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron Landing

Two adults looking on, ho-hum.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron with Audience
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron with Audience

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 27, 2021

Cormorant Supervising

Double-crested Cormorants were calmly sunning on the Spoonie Tree when a Great Egret dropped in.

Great Egret Landing In Tree with Cormorants
Great Egret Landing In Tree with Cormorants

Then a Black-crowned Night-heron joined the gathering.

Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Tree
Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Tree

It was close to a crash landing, but the Night-heron made it, perhaps to the surprise of the Cormorant.

Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Tree
Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Tree

Then the Night-heron lost points for not sticking the landing. Not that anyone is keeping score.

Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Tree
Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Tree

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 27, 2021

Multiple Juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons

A series of canals that run along and between some old rice fields has become a gathering spot for young Black-crowned Night-herons.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

When the tide is out there is a buffet of crabs and other creatures exposed for lunch down in the canals.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

When we passed through the tide was in and the birds exhibited heron patience in the trees.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

A few of them swapped positions, pushing each other around, but this one just held his position.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

A few more of the juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons were in another tree line but proved to be a bit more skittish.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

Black-crowned Night-heron Gathering

A flock of Black-crowned Night-Herons have been roosting around the big pond at Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery.

 Black-crowned Night-Herons In Tree
Black-crowned Night-Herons In Tree

Every time someone walked underneath them, or sometimes for no apparent reason, they flew off.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Flying By
Black-crowned Night-Heron Flying By, Young Adult based on darker under wing color

A few minutes later they would fly back in ones and twos, putting on quite a show.

Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying By
Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying By, Adult on left, Juvenile on right

I’ve seen a few Black-crowned Night-Herons in this location before, but on Sunday estimated at least 30 to 40 birds. There may have been more that just staying tucked into the trees.

Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying Off
Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying Off

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron On Boardwalk

The two Black-crowned Night-heron nests I spotted at the beginning of May apparently failed as they disappeared shortly thereafter. There must have been at least one other nest in that little island as I almost literally bumped into this juvenile on Thursday standing on the nearby boardwalk.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

He practiced rousing…

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

… and showed me his beautiful wings.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

A little unsure of himself, he hopped along before taking off back to the island.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

Further down the path I had a view of him perched on a dead branch hanging over the water.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron