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Black-crowned Night Heron ~ Stretch by Kimberly Chadwick

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Black-crowned Night Heron

Though widespread in wetlands habitats, the retiring, nocturnal Black-crowned night heron is observed less often than diurnal herons and egrets. night herons forage mostly between dusk and dawn but will also take prey during the day. Night herons are omnivores even taking small nestlings of other birds, During the day, it roosts communally or singly in dense vegetation, where it can often be observed closely.

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  • The Black-crowned Night-Heron is a patient hunter. It will often stand still and just wait for a frog or other small animals to pass by. They may also hunt by vibrating their bills in the water to lure prey into investigating the disturbance.
  • Young Black-crowned Night-Herons often disgorge their stomach contents when disturbed. This is convenient for ornithologists who want to study their diet.
  • The adults of this species do not distinguish between their chicks and the chicks of other nests. They will brood chicks which are not their own.
  • A group of herons has many collective nouns, including a “battery”, “hedge”, “pose”, “rookery”, and “scattering” of herons."

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  • David Friederich
    David Friederichalmost 4 years ago

    I love to find and shoot night herons, but I have yet to find and capture a scene such as this one. Gorgeous shot! As always, you provide an excellent written description. Love the facts.

  • Thank you so much David! Your praise makes it worth it!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago

    A wonderful capture!!!!

  • Thank you Lorilee!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Nice one Kimberly!!

  • So very appreciated Marvin!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture!
    I have never seen one with wings other than tightly folded.

  • This was my win of the day!! Thank you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Akash Puthraya
    Akash Puthrayaalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!!

  • Thank you Akash, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent timing! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Thank you so very much my friend!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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