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Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-12 7:16
Viewed: 3416
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
If I hadn't seen so many Herons on TN I never would have known what this was hiding in a tree at the Port of Miami.

The Black-crowned Night Heron (or just Night Heron in Eurasia), (Nycticorax nycticorax) is a medium-sized heron.

Adults are 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. These are short-necked and stout herons.

The breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. The subspecies N. n. hoactli breeds in North and South America from Canada as far south as Patagonia, and the nominate race N. n. nycticorax in Europe, Asia and Africa. Black-crowned Night Herons nest in colonies on platforms of sticks in a group of trees, or on the ground in protected locations such as islands or reedbeds. Three to eight eggs are laid.

This heron is migratory outside the tropical parts of its extensive range, where it is a permanent resident. The North American population winters in Mexico, the southern United States, Central America, and the West Indies, and the Old World birds winter in tropical Africa and southern Asia.

These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, and small mammals. During the day they rest in trees or bushes. The New World race is more gregarious outside the breeding season than the nominate race.

They are often found nesting or roosting within cities in avenue trees on busy roads.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-12 7:31]

Hello Jane,
Yes he's really trying to hide himself. Beautiful close photo in clear colours and a good POV. Great sharp details and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-12 8:26]

Hello Jane,
A great pose of this green heron.
Well exposed and well saturated colors.
The details are sharp.
Love that big eye.Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-12 9:25]

Hi Jane,
Wow, this is a great capture of the Night Heron lookin quite sleepy! Great sharpness and nice colours. I like the big leaves surrounding it and your fine composition!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Jane,
Well captured Black-crowned Night Heron with excellent sharpness, details & POV. The bird looks groggy may be going through seista ;)TFS.

Hello jane, very beautiful heron shot in all aspects.
TFS and regards,

ps. our supervisor Bayram emergencially entered hospital two days ago and yesterday nigth had an serious surgical operation. we are hopping he will be gain his health. Sorry for this bad news.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-12 9:56]

Hi Jane,
Beautiful capture.POV,clear eyes and expression on face are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Ciao Jane,
bellissima cattura di Nitticora, splendida la composizione per la bella e classica postura di questo airone ben ambientato fra le foglie che esaltano il sonnolente riposo, ottima definizione, belli e naturali i colori.

Ciao Jane, great capture of beautiful Heron in the leaves, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jane,

Beautiful capture of this interesting bird.
Nice colours with excellent details.
Lighting and definition are splendid.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-12 11:37]

Hi Jane.
What a pictorial scene and nice surroundings for cute bird. Exposure, colours, sharpness and DOF are superb as well as the nice POV and composition. Perfect work. My kind regards.

Hi Jane,

what a beatiful Heron are this.
Good composition with lots of details.
Nice pov.


Hello Jane,
when I see title at first time, I thought that it is different species from night heron here. But I looked at the shot and read your notes I saw my mistakes. all of them belongs to same species:)
In many times, I also observed it roosting on trees. But they are seen usually in wetlands or wet grasslands here. You captured it with a great shot. Focus, composition and eyes contact very nice. Composition also nice. I like especially its red eye-iris. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-12 18:35]

Hello Jane,
I have said it before but these birds remind me of Alfred Hitchcock. This image has splendid colors and fine details in wonderful surroundings, thank you my friend.

Holy cow?! You took this Jane....I guess that trip did you more good than you thought. This is an excellent piece..I am very impressed with all aspects...I know your photos...you sure have come a long way...and like me...you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks! I still keep on learning!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-12 20:41]

Hello Jane,

I like the pose of this sleapy heron. It is looking very well between the leaves. The soft light you have used renders fine the colors of the plumage. There are many delicate color tones to be seen.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-12 22:19]

Hi Jane,
Outstanding shot of this great looking Night Heron in its natural habitat and perch. Very impressive sharpness and it stands out well from the green leaves. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-12 23:23]

Hi Jane

A lovely shot of this night heron - I love they way they always look so mean and menacing!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-13 2:49]

Hi Jane,
what a fine image of this Night Heron.
The composition is very good.
Sharp and crisp.
Excellent lighting.

Well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-13 3:52]


This is beautiful and so nice. Look at the eyes. Ganesh

Hello Jane

A very good look at this night heron.
The POV is very good.
Lovely eye detail,it seems to be trying to keep a low profile.
Good lighting and natural colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-13 14:35]

Hi Jane,i like a lot this pic,very unusual point of view for an heron and very unusual position of the bird,it seem sleeping..ehehe...very very great work,my best compliments and thanks for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

hello jane,
nice capture, well composed, good pov, natural colors, liked the way you have managed exposure here,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-14 11:35]

Great capture Jane, you have a very good eye! Very nicely composed and shot with a very good technique, thanks!


hello Jane

WOW ! what a superb close-up shot of the Black-crowned Night Heron,
i went to see the location of the photo and i smiled/laughed,
not in Arizona it is in Florida (smile), the POV and framing are fine,
the sharpness and details are excellent, the focus is superb, TFS


What an interesting bird. Love the colors and the hunched pose.
Great with the green framing.

Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful night heron. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jane,
I seem to have missed this. Excellent capture of this Black-crowned Night Heron. Great bird and great picture! Great POV, pose and composition, sharp details and bright natural colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-22 13:14]
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Hello Jane,
I have missed some of your shots while we were away anfd this one of a Black-crowned Night Heron struck me for the sleepy expression of its eye taken from a great POV with fine sharpness, lighting and set in a pleasing composition. You must have gotten quite close when you took this.
Thanks for sharing this delight,

Hi Jane,
Great exposure, color, and detail with out a hint of over-sharp.
I like the POV and pose, the heron seems to be giving you the eye too :)
Also like the way the bird is naturally framed with the leaves here,
Well done,

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