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Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock, Ashley River, Charleston

A pair of juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons that flushed out of a tree when I passed by landed on a dock that sits on the Ashley River.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

The river is tidal and the tide was in so there would be no river bank fishing for this duo for several hours.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Friends

Maybe not friends, but tree-mates. This dead tree stands on the banks of the Ashley River and is popular perch for a variety of birds.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

I have been watching some Yellow-crowned Night-herons that are nesting at the edge of a nearby pond. This one stayed here, perhaps getting a respite from nest duty, for over an hour.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

The Anhinga and Grackle came and went. The sky stayed grey.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Twig Gathering

Usually I say stick gathering with images of a heron working on nest material. This Yellow-crowned Night-heron was only interested in small twigs, and despite all his efforts I never saw him take anything to the nest.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Ah, maybe this is the one!

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

No, he dropped that one and poked around for another option.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

You can hardly see the twig sticking out of his beak, and after a minute he dropped that one, too.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Overhead

Since postingĀ Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Nest a few weeks ago I’ve discovered there is at least one more pair nesting around this pond.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

The adults not doing nest duty often perch in the trees that line the pond.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

This one selected a spot right over the walking trail. I don’t know which nest he’s associated with.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Both nests I’ve spotted are tucked into vegetation and you can just see a glimpse of an adult laying on the nest. Incubation period is just over three weeks so we should be seeing some chick movement soon.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Nest
Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Nest – center of image

Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Nest

Luck and being aware of movement play a role in nature photography. I happened to catch this fellow moving and only when I got a little closer and peered around some limbs could I tell it was a Yellow-crowned Night-heron.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

I was then surprised to see a nest, with a nice curtain of Spanish Moss on one side and leaves on the other.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

There were two adults present and after a bit one of them stepped out for a photograph or two.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Wading

I came upon a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron slowly wading at the edge of a pond. These herons tend to be skittish but this one seemed intent on his hunt, slowly and methodically advancing.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

This was my first visit to this pond and it was nice that the reeds and grasses at the edge were short enough to see over. However, all the bird reflections were interrupted by the grass stubble.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

A Green Heron dropped in to share the space.

Green Heron and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Green Heron and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Then the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron made his exit.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron