Yellow-crowned

Yellow-crowned

These Herons always look a little awkward to me. The best I can come up with is a resemblance to a ‘bobble head’ doll. They even walk like it.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

There are a few spots along the large marshes here where they breed. But I don’t see as many as the other Herons.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

This particular bird was off away from the dike and didn’t seem to feel uncomfortable with me walking by.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

He gave us plenty of opportunity to take a number of shots.

The most striking thing about Night Herons are their ruby red eyes. An amazing deep red.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

Like all Night Heron when young they have no striking colors at all. A plain brown, and stripped, camouflage .

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

Typically they are shy birds, except for the Charleston flock.

Every year a large group of Yellow-crowns build nests in the trees at the very tip of the city, where it meets the ocean and harbor.

There, in the battery park with the Civil War canons, they have young. And… make a pretty big mess on the thousands of tourists that visit the spot.

Another ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ moment.

 

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