Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - click to enlarge

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

We found this young bird sitting in the swamp just off the side of a dirt road. I assumed the moment I tried to slip out the car door, which was close, he would be gone.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - click to enlarge
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – click to enlarge

Not only did he stay, he froze.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - click to enlarge
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – click to enlarge

This gave me time to even change to my position a little.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - click to enlarge
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – click to enlarge

This young bird is a drab brown allowing him to blend into his surroundings. They change significantly as an adult. Below is a photograph of an adult I photographed a week ago.

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