Thursday, April 19, 2018

Crops & Clips: Displaying Night-Heron

Fog lingers on the lake just after sunrise: 

Fog on lake after sunrise 04-20180409

A Great Egret forages at the water's edge:

Great Egret 01-20180326

Recent rains have re-charged the lakeside marshes. A Tricolored Heron casts a nice reflection in the still water:

Tricolored Heron 01-20180326

At lakeside, a Great Blue Heron preens:

Great Blue Heron 02-20180326

Great Blue Heron 01-20180326

The rookery in our local Wounded Wetlands has hosted up to eight pairs of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and three Green Heron couples. Last summer, Hurricane Irma toppled most of the nest trees into the canal. I believe that this is why I found only one pair of Yellow-crowned Herons nesting, although two pairs of Green Herons have been reliably present:

Green Heron 05-20180330

This Green Heron started fluffing its feathers just as I took the photo. I liked the blur created by the action:

Green Heron ruffling feathers 02-20180330

I saw one Green Heron gathering sticks for a nest, but so far have not located it:

Green Heron gathering sticks 05-20180314

Last week I captured a nice sequence of photos as a male Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in full breeding plumage displayed towards a rival male:

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Display1 01-20180410

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Display1 02-20180410

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Display1 03-20180410

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Display1 04-20180410

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Display1 05-20180410

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Display1 06-20180410

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  1. Wonderful selection of photos and the last sequence is stunning. Take care Diane

  2. great nature love from Poland

  3. The yellow crowned heron photos and quite amazing. Great captures!!

  4. Amazing photos...I don't know where to start. I guess I'll start with the birds I've never seen before, and didn't even know they existed...the Green Heron gathering sticks for its building project, and your wonderful 'flashy' shots of the Yellow-Crowned!
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. Fantastic shots of the heron in breeding plumage!

  6. Beautifully captured reflections! I don't think I've seen a yellow-crowned night-heron before. What a beautiful bird.

  7. I love the pastel tints in the sky but oh, the Green Heron! What a beauty!

  8. Hello, gorgeous series of photos. The first scene is lovely. The heron collection is just beautiful. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks also for the comment on my post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. Top image is almost like a nice water color...

  10. Wow, fabulous pics of all the herons. Love the last series of the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

  11. Love herons and you sure have some great shots!

  12. These are wonderful, Kenneth! Love that last sequence.

  13. Oh my! The breeding plumage is just gorgeous! Love all of these photos but catching those feathers out is special!

  14. What beautiful photos! I've not seen a yellow crowned night heron before.

  15. Your herons are absolutely stunning!

  16. Wonderful display pictures - they are dramatic looking birds. We had our first misty autumn evening here this week when I want to pick my daughter up from hockey. I rather liked it.

    Sorry its taken me so long to visit, things have been pretty hectic here!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  17. Once again...these are exceptional. Here too, with hurricane harvey...the 'local birds' went elsewhere for quite a while.

    I'm sending my thanks to you for sharing your blog photos with us bird lovers this weekend. It's our privilege to visit you from I'd Rather B Birdin'!!

  18. Wow! The yellow-crowned night heron sure is a handsome fellow!

  19. Wow Ken you outdid yourself with the wings of that night heron - AMAZING! So appreciate you being on board of All Seasons! Also love your captures of the heron and the egret with their reflection - it emphasizes their elegance! Have a great Spring week!

  20. Stunning images of the scenery and gorgeous birds!

  21. The displaying sequence is stunning. Just wonderful -- as are all of the other birds; with all the hurricane damage, it is good that there are as many birds as there are, it would seem like to me. Let's hope for a good storm-free summer this year. Thanks for sharing these wonders.

  22. Marvelous photographs, like magic!

  23. Every time I see your pictures I resolve to buy a proper camera and start taking bird pictures! And then, I think, why should I - when we have so many spectacular artists like you?!? I will stick to my expertise if you do the same! We had a heron on our little lake today, but it took off before I could identify it. Stay tuned!

  24. Some great photos of fascinating birds!

  25. After 3+ decades I still am not tired of California! Showed your night heron captures to hubby - he was impressed (he is actually a better photographer than I am:)).


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