Assorted Night Herons

Assorted Night Herons

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

Assorted Night Herons
Assorted Night Herons

Shorter neck and bill. Their head is shaped a little more elongated.

Assorted Night Herons
Assorted Night Herons

The beak is slightly darker and they have a green tint to the lore. In generally the more ‘compact’ of the two.

Assorted Night Herons
Assorted Night Herons

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.

Assorted Night Herons
Assorted Night Herons

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.

Assorted Night Herons
Assorted Night Herons
Assorted Night Herons
Assorted Night Herons

The last image here makes me a little confident a baby Yellow-crowned. Adults of both species are completely different.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

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