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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

Black-crowned Night-Heron Stick Gathering

Back and forth from the rookery island to the shore of the pond this Black-crowned Night-Heron diligently brought sticks for his nest.

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

Once in the shrubs he took his time, with a lot of inspecting going on before the actual stick selection.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron

Sometimes the selection was a live branch, snapped off with that powerful beak. This one was substantially sized, complete with green leaves for padding.

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

Night Heron Hang Out

I’ve seen a Black-crowned Night-Heron on this stretch of bank where some trees have fallen into the pond the past few times I’ve been there. It may be the cover of the limbs that attracts them, although they are exposed to the walking path on the inside.

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

I was hoping he would do some fishing, but he just looked around. I did get a full side view that shows off his beautiful color scheme, and that red eye!

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

He eventually flew off but either he or another one returned less then ten minutes later, this time taking a position in the late afternoon sun.

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