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Black Crowned Night Heron

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bones, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Bones

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    One of my favorite birds ! This is the first one I have seen this year, had to lay in the road and hope I didn't get run over to shoot him. He was very patient thankfully, because I blew a lot of shots due to the cold and wind.
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    4. There was a hawk flying overhead when I took this one :lol:
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  2. Jamie Black

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    Fantastic shots Bones, under your user name it should read " The Marlin Perkins of Teleocity". :D
     
  3. Sidney Vicious

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    Great shots - and as always, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Amazing stuff, just getting better all the time. And maybe you should get one of those bright yellow "Men at Work" signs to put out in the road!
     
  5. elicross

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    Nice pics. That bird looks funky and beautiful at the same time.
     
  6. Bones

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    Thanks. probably didn't think it through very well, but I was happy to see this guy and wanted to get some shots before he had time to get annoyed. hadn't see one of these since last year. I do put my flashers on, but i think that just makes people look at my truck and not notice me in the road. :eek:
     
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    Man, those shots are nice.
     
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    Wow. Nice photos. Glad you weren't hurt. Remember, safety first.
     
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    Fantastic shots!

    There is a big colony of them on Toronto Island. A couple miles from my place. I see them all the time down at the lake shore at certain times of the year. Not so much right now though - they're further south.

    Can't remember when they start showing up here again. Maybe April or May?

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  10. weeladdie

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    Great photographs Bones, looks like you're getting your money's worth out of that new telephoto lens!
     
  11. RCinMempho

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    Very nice. Birds are nature's radios. It's a shame we've quit listening.
     
  12. Bones

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    They usually return here around March, so this one is a bit early. Everything I have read about them talks about big colonies, I have only ever seen individuals here.
     
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    Well said.

    One of the casualties, post Katrina, was the way the Corps had to tear up the bayou/canal near my home in Lakeview. Always saw lotsa these guys close up in the reeds along the banks. Early evening a great time to observe them.
     
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  14. KevinB

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    While they are migratory, and only appear in the St. Lawrence seaway, Great Lakes and the Maritimes in summer, they're actually permanent residents right up the Atlantic coast to New England.

    Great photos - as usual - Bones!
     
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    Great pictures!

    Thank you for sharing!
     
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    Excellent pics, Mr Audobon Jr ;-)
     
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    I live on a fake lake in Phoenix and love these birds. First time I saw one I was laying in a hammock at dusk and it glided over me like a ghost, it was big and silent, most impressive. They're common around here and one of my favorites to watch.

    Edit: Here's a couple of old lower res pics, one is another favorite, a green heron that nests in a neighbors tree.

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  18. Bones

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    I am one hundred percent positive that the second photo is a juvenile Black Crowned Heron. Green herons have yellow/brown eyes, not red.
     
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    How cool is that! Thanks.
    Now that you mention it, the green herons are smaller and thinner, I'll have to peep out their eye color.
    Edit: I googled up on 'em, they hang around as well. This time of year is crazy with big grey herons, gangs of big white egrets, and birds I think are grebes (they go under water for a long time fishing). The grey herons like to steal fish from the others.
     
  20. boris bubbanov

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    I'm confident you're right.

    A night heron is a pretty substantial bird; the Louisiana Heron weighs what, half? of what a night heron weighs.

    There was a Yellow Crowned that would sit on the rail at this restaurant very near from the table we preferred at this open air seafood restaurant down in Florida we used to frequent. Eye to eye, that guy was no small bird; we sat back a ways, you didn't wanna be that close. That's quite a beak.
     
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