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Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-07 12:17
Viewed: 2431
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-crowned Night Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax

Bihoreau couronne noire (French)
Yaboa real, Guanaba, Guaco (Spanish)

With a range that spans five continents, including much of North America, the Black-crowned Night-Heron is the most widespread heron in the world. It is most active at dusk and at night, feeding in the same areas that other heron species frequent during the day.

Cool Facts:
Young Black-crowned Night-Herons often disgorge their stomach contents when disturbed. This habit makes it easy to study its diet.
The Black-crowned Night-Heron may nest in the same tree with ibises or other herons.
Adult Black-crowned Night-Herons apparently do not distinguish between their own young and those from other nests, and will brood chicks not their own.


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Just love this one! Think I viewed another earlier this week but didn't have time to comment. I too found this species in my back yard and just was enthralled with these vibrant red eyes. You truly got a great close up; color and contrast PERFECT, thanks for posting this beauty!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2012-01-07 17:14]

Successful and eye-catching close-up.
Very detailed plumage.
Accurate exposure, sharpness and contrast.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-08 19:38]

Hello Manyee,
You are fortunate to have so many Night Herons in your area. I have never seen one in the wild, although I know they do visit Magee Marsh in the early spring months. I go up to the marsh each spring during the Warbler Migration and someone inevitably reports of a Night Heron that had been spotted somewhere in the area.
Your photo shows exceptional detail and unique features of this attractive bird. The colors are gorgeous and the lighting is great. Well done!!

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