Tag Archives: Black-crowned Night-Heron

O! Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron With Fish

I’ve rarely seen Night-herons of any kind flying with their meal.

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

I didn’t see this Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron capture the fish, or if one of the Ring-billed Gulls in the area might have tried to take it.

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

He headed toward the Spoony Tree…

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

and dropped out of my sight on the back of the tree to eat in peace.

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

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 11, 2021

Black-crowned Night-heron Tricky Landing

I caught this Black-crowned Night-heron dropping feet first into a clump of grass on a pond hummock.

Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Grass Clump
Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Grass Clump

It looked like a tricky maneuver and I doubted he would stick the landing.

Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Grass Clump
Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Grass Clump

With the bird weighing between 1 1/2 and 2 poundsĀ  (675-900 g), at the least I expected the grass to bend to the ground.

Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Grass Clump
Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Grass Clump

But the grass held up and there he sat.

Black-crowned Night-heron Landing In Grass Clump
Black-crowned Night-heron Landed In Grass Clump, Gallinule paddles away

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 27, 2021

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