These Night Herons were young, the youngest looking around for small crabs was just learning to be on his own.
I make this point because there are two different species, but at this age with their ‘camouflage’ it’s tricky to tell at first glance.
Black-crowned Night Heron
Shorter neck and bill. Their head is shaped a little more elongated.
The beak is slightly darker and they have a green tint to the lore. In generally the more ‘compact’ of the two.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
This one was in the canal at low tide looking for small crabs. The bill is darker, head circular, and chest pattern different.
The Yellow-crowned here was younger, and in a bad placement for me so I give this caveat… there’s not much difference yet so it’s a ‘best I can do’ ID.
The last image here makes me a little confident a baby Yellow-crowned. Adults of both species are completely different.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.