Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Night Heron/World Birds

 Black-crowned night-heron #1

This medium-sized, stocky heron is the most widespread heron in the world but most of us rarely see any because they are most active from dusk through dawn. Their range includes five continents, excluding Australia and Antarctica.

Black-crowned night-heron #2

Like their cousin the great blue heron, they forage in shallow waters, feeding on crustaceans, fish, amphibians, insects. and small rodents.

I am linking to World Bird Wednesday.

51 comments:

Andy said...

This is a rare catch Camera Girl. I used to see them in Frenchman's Bay but they have been absent the last few years.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

That is cool, I have never seen one before...This is why I love blogging.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Herons have such unusual eyes.

Snap said...

I love Night Herons ... one of my favorites and I find them, most often in the Japanese Garden here ... so happy when I do. Love these shots!

Judy said...

Wonderful captures!

Kathy said...

Love his bright beautiful eye!

Sandra said...

i have only seen one of these and he was in the shade and i got no photo. i love that first shot, the shadows on the heron, just beautiful

Cloudy said...

Wow, so einen schönen Reiher habe ich auch noch nie gesehen, toll...

Lieben Gruß
CL

TexWisGirl said...

you got some GREAT photos!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great photos! I've never seen one of these. Thanks for the info on them.

Crafty Gardener said...

We were thrilled to see the night heron last year. I'm always on the lookout but haven't spotted one this year. Great photos.
If you have time, there is a give away on my blog.

Rohrerbot said...

One of my favorite birds to see out in the wild. They like to hide in the reeds but Herons make a greally great group of birds that are quite diverse in appearance. Beautiful pics up close! Love the red eyes!

RedPat said...

I've never seen one of these either - have seen the yellow one in Florida but not this guy!

Lowell said...

These are superb, EG! Wow! You maybe ought to become a pro bird photographer. Seriously!

cieldequimper said...

Magnificent shots. I love the vivid eyes!

Springman said...

I love the shadow on heron number one, A classic!

Gary said...

Great capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

see you there! said...

Is it just me or is there something just the tiniest bit spooky looking about this bird? Beautiful but spooky.

Darla

Saun said...

Awesome, I have never seen one before. Thanks for sharing

mick said...

Great photos - and yes! I found it in my Australian bird book. However, I have yet to see one!

Anni said...

I remember the 1st time I saw one of these fantastic birds, I dropped my jaw wide open...the eyes...how they followed every move I made setting up my camera.

Great images.

MERLIN FALCON

Carole M. said...

great closeups of the night-heron; interesting 'red' eyes

Rose said...

He is quite the handsome fellow, isn't he?

Andrew said...

Great images of a stunning bird to see.. many thanks for sharing.

heyBJK said...

What gorgeous shots! I love the red eyes!

eileeninmd said...

I just love the Night herons! They are cool birds. Great shots.

Paul in Powell River said...

They are a gorgeous bird, and as you say, hard to capture with a camera. Well done!

Kate said...

An unusual sighting of a beautiful bird...you are so adept at ts kind of photography.

LONDONLULU said...

These are more incredible captures, beautiful! (I've mainly glimpsed a giant blue heron around here, never this fellow...so cool!)

Snowcatcher said...

One of my most favorite birds, and you've captured such glorious shots!!!

Judy said...

Awesome captures! I saw one, for a while, walking at 7 AM, but not in the last couple of years...

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous portraits!

Connie Smiley said...

What a striking bird! Great shots!

Randy said...

He's a stout little thing.

Jack said...

Nice sots, EG. It is hard to think of this bird as common. I am not sure that I have ever seen one, unlike their cousins the blue herons, which are everywhere.

kaye said...

that's a great shot! such an interesting looking bird.

Michelle said...

Those are some crazy eyes! Love them!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful, love those eyes.

NatureStop said...

Well captured!!!We had spotted them some years back but after the people filled the water part to build concrete stuff all the birds are gone...I feel so sad whenever I visit that place.Thanks for sharing.I really enjoyed your post.Have a great day!

Shantana

Daniel LaFrance said...

An interesting bird indeed, but those piercing red eyes are creepy.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show of a beautiful bird. Wishing you a good day :)

Sciarada said...

Ciao Camera girl, I am very impressed by the beautiful red eye!
Have a good day!

Hilke Breder said...

Nice shots! I bet those piercing red eyes can see well at night!

HansHB said...

Great shots, awesome to see this heron!

Cezar and Léia said...

Please to meet you sweet bird, you are adorable!
Great pictures EG, the first close up is wonderful!
Léia

Misty Dawn Seidel said...

Spectacular photos! I think all Herons are awesome birds!

Small City Scenes said...

Wow!!! Super shots. Where did you find him? I have never seen one---and I look by golly!!! MB

Karen said...

Terrific shots! Love the red eyes!

Marie said...

A truly beautiful heron! I have never seen one before! Not even in photos. Kind've reminds me of a green heron, which I have seen in Va.

Thanks for your well-wishes and prayers about my surgery!

Stephanie said...

A very interesting looking bird. It must have made your day to see this rare one.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are outstanding, just marvelous!

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