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Black-crowned Night Heron

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens re-opened on Friday for visitors to walk the property. We went for the first time today and this was the first bird I photographed.

A Black-crowned Night Heron was peering down into a tangle of an evergreen tree.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Some flapping in the tree’s interior ensued and I could just see another heron laying on a nest. It also looks like there is another laying in the upper right of this image.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron Nest

After some more flapping and moving about that I couldn’t see, one of the herons left.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

He didn’t go far at first, perching in a nearby tree before he flew off–probably to find a meal.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Sunning by the Marsh Grass

It was a bit windy and cold on this late January day.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The few wading birds that were around huddled up against the sun drenched marsh grass.

Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

The Great Blue Heron needed space, the others, plus a Common Gallinule chose to stick together.

Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron in Pines

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was settled on a pine branch in the early morning sun.

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

The charring on the tree trunk is from last year’s prescribed burn, a process managed by South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled wildfire.

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

Black-crowned Night Heron in Flight

Sometimes you are in just the right spot.

Black-crowned Night Heron in Flight
Black-crowned Night Heron in Flight

This Black-crowned Night Heron flew over the marsh and then right in front of where Ted and I were standing. I was expecting him to veer off as he got closer as we were right out in the open, but he obliged us with a slow, steady flight.

Black-crowned Night Heron in Flight
Black-crowned Night Heron in Flight

Black-crowned Night-heron Over the Pond

Disrupted from his hunting spot this Black-crowned Night-heron took a flight out over the pond.

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

This was about a half hour after sunrise, with a golden glow on the heron and the pond.

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

He opted to land in the “spoonie” tree, so named by photographers because the Roseate Spoonbills like to congregate there.

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

On this morning a single Anhinga was defending his spot.

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

Black-crowned Night-heron In the Open

It was unusual to see a Black-crowned Night-heron out in the open like this. They usually are in a tree or hidden by undergrowth, especially if they aren’t actively feeding.

He’s standing on the interior of a pond that just two days before was under water on a high point that made an island. The pond is being drained, likely to control the growth of this grass would eventually choke the pond.

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

When I passed by a second time it had started to sprinkle.

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

The heron didn’t seem interested in feeding or taking cover from the rain, and strolled along the edge,

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