Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Birdblogging

The black crowned night heron is by photographer Paul Rebmann, at 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);

Cool Facts

* 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.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my birding friends describes the Night Heron's stalking posture as that of "a little old hunched over person".

They are very, very patient hunters who can remain still for many minutes while they wait for just the right moment to strike.

A number of them share a breeding area with Double Crested Cormorants at City Park, Denver. They use the pond and lakes at Washington Park as part of their feeding ground.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Exzactly. But both Paul and I see more yellow-crowned night herons than black. They're easy to mix up with each other. Very exotic looking to me, still.

2:59 AM  

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