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July 13, 2013 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Black-crowned Night-Heron

The Black-crowned Night-Heron is a medium-sized, stocky heron that is found throughout a large part of the world including North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In my area they are summer residents and migrate to the southern US and Mexico for the winter.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Although the Night-Heron is a fairly common bird, I rarely see them and almost missed spotting this one who was blending in nicely with some dead branches hanging over a river bank. I tried to get closer but the bird flew off to the other side of the river. Apparently I was disturbing his hunt for breakfast.

Night-Herons, as their name would imply, are most active at dusk and at night but can occasionally be seen in the early morning. They are patient hunters who will sit and wait for prey to swim past. They eat fish, crustaceans, frogs and small mammals.


Saturday Snapshot was originated by Alyce at At Home With Books. For the summer it will be hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

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  1. Christine Harding / Jul 13 2013 1:27 am

    Like many creatures, this heron has such brilliant camouflage. My snapshot is My Snapshot is


  2. kaye / Jul 13 2013 6:28 am

    I can see where you almost missed him. He’s doing a good job of blending in with the surroundings. Beautiful shot, as always, Leslie!


  3. Diane / Jul 13 2013 6:51 am

    How dare you interrupt breakfast for that cutie;)


  4. laurelrainsnow / Jul 13 2013 7:01 am

    Excellent hiding place! And you have an “eagle eye” to spot him. Thanks for sharing…and for joining in my fun at my blog today.


  5. Beth Hoffman / Jul 13 2013 8:30 am

    He’s a beauty. I’ve only seen two or three in my lifetime.


  6. rubyport / Jul 13 2013 9:25 am

    He’s got some great camouflage there – great catch! Interesting that it’s a common bird that almost no one sees.

    My sculptural snapshots


  7. Arti / Jul 13 2013 9:31 am

    Thanks for another informative post. I’ve not heard of the Night Heron, learning something new every time I come here.


  8. Leeswammes / Jul 13 2013 10:44 am

    I would never recognise this as a heron, stocky indeed!


  9. readerbuzz / Jul 13 2013 11:44 am

    I’ve never seen this bird. Lovely!

    Here’s my Saturday Snapshot.


  10. BermudaOnion / Jul 13 2013 1:18 pm

    He was doing a good job of hiding from you!


  11. Louise / Jul 13 2013 4:35 pm

    It’s extraordinary how quite large, striking birds can hide from us, which I guess is the point. Glad you, and we, got to see him.


  12. Judy B / Jul 13 2013 5:43 pm

    We have a few water birds around here, but you can only get close to the Canadian Geese and then only if they do not have young ones. But I enjoy watching any bird from afar too. Thanks for sharing your awesome bird photos.


  13. stacybuckeye / Jul 14 2013 12:18 am

    I’m kind of a night bird myself 🙂


  14. Elizabeth / Jul 14 2013 10:29 am

    He definitely is hiding. Had to look for a bit to find his beak.

    GREAT photo.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Saturday Snapshot


  15. Suko / Jul 16 2013 3:51 pm

    Beautiful photo!


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