Night Herons had been nesting in the trees at the old Magnolia Cemetery ponds. This large pond is thick with brush and trees giving them plenty of cover.
This particular Heron would just freeze in place, even in an open spot, when he noticed me. Most move off and I hope he learns that soon. This old cemetery sits on the Charleston salt marshes. Anything you can think of wanders around in there.
The other juveniles stayed in, or near, cover making some shots harder to get. At this size they are feeding themselves most of the time.
Yellow-crowns have no problem nesting near people, maybe the only Heron that consistently will. The busy park in Charleston on the harbor, the Battery, is a tourist magnet. Dozens of Yellow-crowns nest there early summer. While residents don’t walk under the trees, tourist will.