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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

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Closer Up

This Yellow-crowned Night-heron has become quite habituated to humans at Magnolia Cemetery. I saw several folks walk by and he never moved. This is the same heron as my wide view draped in Spanish Moss taken from the other side of the pond.

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

This tree hangs out over one of the cemetery’s ponds and he had a great view of some hunting grounds.

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

Some sort of small crustaceans were around the edge of the water and the heron spent some time stalking them.

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

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

This young Yellow-crowned Night Heron was concentrating, although it was hard to say on what. His perch of a dead limb was hanging over a pond where he could go fishing, but he didn’t seem to be watching the water.

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

I watched awhile to see if he would come out into the brighter light. He was content to stay where the overhang of a larger tree provided some shade, occasionally changing direction and practicing the heron “standing still” skill.

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

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the Fountain

I liked the illusion that this Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was standing in a vast pool of rippling water.

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

He was enjoying a little dip and splash on a very hot Charleston day.

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

A view from the other side shows the heron was standing at the edge of a fountain, just where the water dropped into a pool below.

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

Sony Alpha-6500, Sony 55-210 mm lens.