The black crowned night heron is by photographer Paul Rebmann, at wildflphoto.com. At his site, you will see lots of very special photos - of this and other flora, fauna, and general great pics. This picture was taken at the St. Augustine alligator farm where there is a native bird rookery, with boardwalk, and the night heron likes it there because alligators keep the critters that disturb nests away.
Paul is Mr. V4VA.
from our friends at Cornell birding about the black crowned night heron (you can go to the site for a recording of its squawk);
* Young Black-crowned Night-Herons often disgorge their stomach contents when disturbed. This habit makes it easy to study its diet.
* The Black-crowned Night-Heron may nest in the same tree with ibises or other herons.
* Adult Black-crowned Night-Herons apparently do not distinguish between their own young and those from other nests, and will brood chicks not their own.