Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron II

We've had a couple of these birds stopping by a few times this summer. I really enjoyed seeing a different wader here (our 'usual' residents are Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Egret and Cattle Egret).

Here's the one I showed you about a month ago (from my earlier post). Appears this is a mature adult (3rd year).
This time, this one came by, along with two juveniles. This one appears to be in its 2nd year, based on the still-mottled plumage but with developed yellow crown and black head stripes.


I just love those big, red eyes. They remind me of rabbit eyes.


Love this feather-duster shake-out!




Rather than load even more photos to this post, I'll save the juveniles for another day.

134 comments:

Terri Buster said...

I love that shake out too- what a pretty bird. You are so lucky to have all these visitors to your pond!

Breathtaking said...

It's a rather comical looking bird.
I like the feather duster picture, and the last one.It's great that every so often you get a new species on your land to add to the very long list of your visiters.

georgettesullins said...

The first two are handsome. The light blue is so elegant. And...Awww...another one plumping up his feathers.

Elizabeth Edwards said...

what a great bird. so cool. (:

Andee said...

I love it's legs. I wish I had such skinny legs.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Looks like awkward teenager, but still very handsome in a Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron kind of way!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Looks rather like an old-fashioned teenage dandy!

Beautiful and informative; I loved it!

Lynne said...

Love the sort blue slated. . . amazed how blue the beek is.

Molly The Wally said...

As always great pix. We have a little tribute post tomorrow and we will put a link back to you. It is of our critters and we hope you enjoy. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

rkbsnana said...

My fave is the ruffled feather shot.

Primitive Stars said...

Hui, once again great photos, always a treat to see what was in your sights. Such a wonderful looking bird, can`t wait to see the younger birds. Enjoy the day, Francine.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Does the juvie do windows?

I agree, those eyes are amazing. Depending on the angle they can be cold and penetrating or soft and inviting.

I think it's cool that your can approximate their ages from the plumage.

Tiago Braga said...

the 1st its very well done, well detailed, with a great foco and textures!

bailey-road.com said...

Cool-looking bird! Your pond attracts some interesting visitors.

Monika B. said...

These birds are really insane. Tex showing us the wonders of nature themselves. Thank you for the opportunity.

Kathy said...

You certainly got some super shots!

Catherine said...

I love the blue in their little faces! Cute!
xo Catherine

Sandra said...

he is beautiful, i have not seen one of these here. i like the "ruffled feather" look

Cloudy said...

Herrliche Aufnahmen dieser hübschen Vögel...

Lieben Gruß
CL

Millie said...

What an interesting bird. I wish I could shake my fur out like that.

Buttons said...

Hey Tex I love these birds the shake out is very cool and rabbit eyes, never thought of it like that. B

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

They sure gave you wonderful photo opportunities.The one picture does look like a feather duster.

DJan said...

What a beautiful bird! I like the elegant headdress especially. :-)

Daryl said...

You are so lucky to have so many interesting bird visitors ... i love the duster shake and i love when their feathers are wet, they look so funny ...

parker said...

A handsome fellow indeed!

Bernadine said...

It's amazing the different kinds of Herons that come to your area. These pictures are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

They are gorgeous birds! I love the night herons. Great shots and a wonderful visitor to your pond.

Linda said...

I always get such joy out of seeing one of these..you have some great photos of them! Can't wait to see the juvies...not sure that I have seen them. Usually just the mature ones....

Lois Evensen said...

Very pretty. How nice of him to hang out long enough for you to get lots of pictures. :)

Dar said...

He looks as tho he is soft as fluff.
His eyes immediately reminded me of the eyes of a Rock Bass...great Night Heron catches.
BlessYa

Dicky Bird said...

Wow, again, great photos. I like the eyes too. Blessings from Wisconsin.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Ha! That did remind me of a feather duster. You got some great poses here. Wow!

Jeevan said...

The tail like thing on the head is impressive! Never seen this bird... You captured it so beautiful :)

S. J. Qualls said...

Amazed at the color of the beak, it almost seems unnatural. Pretty though!

Janey and Co. said...

I don't think I have ever seen one of these. Looking forward to seeing the juveniles.

holdingmoments said...

What a beautiful garden visitor.

Maple Lane said...

I especially love the feather duster shake out picture!

Fábio Martins said...

The first photo was very good!
Nice catches

Debbie said...

wonderful captures t....i'm lovin that alpha sprout!!

Becca said...

I learn so much about different birds here! Lovely shots!

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures showing the heron.
Do you think that translated has been removed from blogspot - can not find it.
I do not master English 100%.
A bit annoying that you still have problems with my blog!
Hanne Bente

EG CameraGirl said...

OK, for sure you have made me jealous! Apparently a few of these have been seen in Ontario this year...but I was never lucky to see one. :)

Patty Woodland said...

I love the long feather on the head

Sylvia K said...

What a great looking bird!! Wonderful eyes! Terrific captures as always!

Phil said...

Like the heron shots - you really highlighted the eye colour too. I look forward to seeing more soon.

Barbara said...

These are awesome captures! We've had a yellow-crown visit us a few times, but my photos aren't half this good!

don said...

A fine series of this great looking bird. It must be great fun to see a stranger show up. Excellent photography.

Larry Ostby said...

I think the feather duster is my favorite. New finds are pretty special, a great series T. Thanks

Evelyn S. said...

Even the name is fascinating! Because of your previous post, I had the bird in mind as soon as I read the title. Great photos of a fascinating bird. I love how you shoot in a series, too.

Connie Smiley said...

Such great shots! I'm glad they stopped by, and that you captured them so brilliantly, and that you shared them with us. Thanks!

islandwonder said...

What a great bird.

Chatty Crone said...

I do see the yellow - like stripe on his head - very pretty bird...

Mamabug said...

He's quite a beauty; never seen this one before.

SweetMarie said...

What a pretty little bird! The long feather on his head is neat. Is that for a male or female or do they all have them??
I'm playing catch up again!! lol

Carletta said...

Excellent series!
I really like that first shot that shows off that eye and the 'feather duster' shot. :)

Becky said...

A good looking bird for sure.
We have the Great Blue and the Green herons here, but the creek has been so low this summer, they haven't been stopping by much.

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

What a beautiful species and photographs Tex.
Costas

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Hello Tex
I think you must have some kind of communication with birds. these photos of the Heron and the baby Heron are just stunning.
I am not sure which i like best, they are all so good.
lovey post.
val

i stora drag said...

Such a sweet little fellow! Good photos and nice to have it so near you!
I don't think we have this art in Sweden. I've only taken photos of a grey heron. /Pia

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

So like if he is a night heron....why is he out during the day? Inquiring minds NEED TO KNOW!!! ;)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so impressed you know how to age them! Great shots!

Eyeliquor said...

Well captured!

Discovery School at First Baptist Heath said...

i love these guys.. and your blog is the first adult that I have seen.. stunning

Liz said...

Wonderful series! I love the feather duster shake out too. I'm rather envious of your list of usual Herons that come to visit... along with all the other wonderful birds & ducks you have!

Hilary said...

What great shots. He's new to me. We do get the black crowned night herons here. Lovely pics.

Rajesh said...

Great series of shots of birds.

Ron said...

Love that first shot!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelente trabalho....
Cumprimentos

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the feather duster! She kind of reminds me of me...plump body, skinny legs. ha ha

Findlay Wilde said...

They are so good at balancing even though they are so big. From Findlay

Red said...

Great photos and info to go along with them. The little ones look pretty rumply with their immature feathers.

Gary said...

Nice capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

These are fabulous shots, Theresa! Pretty bird!

Robin said...

T, wonderful shots! Great that it stood for it's portrait!

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

What a handsome bird. I like that feather shake out - good capture!

Betty Manousos said...

man, pretty bird!
keep them coming, theresa!

HansHB said...

A great serie of shots, - a beautiful herons!

Sally said...

More great shots! I look forward to seeing them every day! :)

Ms. A said...

Glad to hear you had some rain, so your waders will have something to wade in! Can't wait for the young ones.

Elna said...

That was a strange bird for me. He's cute in come way.

Hugs

Margie said...

Such a pretty bird! You are lucky to get so many different species to your area!

Anni said...

I swear...you must live in the whole entire NORTHEASTERLY part of Texas what with all the wonderful wildlife you share with us ---- Everything, every time, it's all such amazing shares from your blog. And these are no exception. Excellent.

mick said...

Great photos of interesting birds and the ruffled feathers are cute.

Paula said...

I just love that big long feather on top of it's head~ it looks like the Roadrunner cartoon! *haha*

Adam Jones said...

A really great bird, and I love the eye that stares. Great shots.

wayside wanderer said...

Great pictures! Love that funny feather on the back of his head. He is all around interesting, isn't he?

Lisa Gordon said...

I absolutely love the first photograph here.
Such a regal pose!

Bob Bushell said...

It is beeeeeeeaaaaaaaaautiful.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great pictures, very beautiful heron....like the colour he has..

DeniseinVA said...

Fantastic shots! I've never seen one before.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

I didnt know there were so many type of heron. I like them but.................. they still eat my fish !!!!



peter

Michelle said...

Pretty cool. I have only seen the adult variety.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I always love that one long feather on their head -- and the disheveled post-bath picture is fabulous.

Sandy said...

Something about those long skinny legs that makes me laugh.

Tammy said...

Awesome Tex!!! That's one sweet visitor (you seem to have a lot of those). Great photos of this beauty!!!

Jo's World said...

I love how the color of his beak is blue, and matching the back of his head. Pretty bird!

You just educate us and educate us!

Cheers,

Jo

barbara l. hale said...

Good looking bird there.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Just love the poses and ruffled feathers! Great shots and I love those red eyes!

Magia da Inês said...

Imponente!!! Linda!!!
Beijinhos.
♡♡♡

Texan said...

Word is out, your place is the place to be for feathered friends :O)

Randy said...

What a poser.

Jill said...

So interesting and cute!

Elaine said...

Love the feather duster!

Deb said...

what a fun visitor...love the colors of the bird with the colors of your back ground...great job girl...

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

Loved this special type; never seen those in real life. Looks like it keeps an antenna on its head...
Hugs to you,
Mariette

SandyCarlson said...

These are some great photos of a regal bird. Thank you!

Marie said...

He is so cute...you can tell he's a juvenile. I love how he stayed long enough for you to get a numbers of great pictures of him!

Barb said...

What a kooky looking bird!

troutbirder said...

Never seen one of these before. They certainly are handsome in a comical sort of way...:)

Rohrerbot said...

These are stunners! Such beautiful plumage. I wonder if you had a rookery near your place. These would be welcome additions here:)

Cloudia said...

Verrry cool. Yes, heron eyes are shocking!


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Linda said...

What wonderful captures. I, too, love the feather duster one. :)

Montanagirl said...

Great job on the Heron photos! Love the "Feather Duster" shot!!

Paula said...

I'm impressed you can tell so much about the pretty birds around your pond.

pattisjarrett said...

That did remind me of a dust mop! Love that lone feather plume on its head.

Katie @Pinke Post said...

First I think it's awesome I'm the 116th commenter. Second, wild bird wednesday is right up my alley! Need to get some shots to link up soon. Third, I'd love to know what lens you shoot with to get all these awesome shots, T! Love them.

SM said...

beautiful bird capture

Stewart M said...

They really do have big eyes! Do they hunt in the evening or early morning?

I did a bit of a double take when I found out that there were flamingos in Dubai myself!

Stewart M - Australia

BlueShell said...

heheh...he likes to be the center of the attentions...what a lovely bird...
xo
Isabel

MM Enterprises said...

Wow, what a great & beautiful pic, i like you collection.

Annnightflyer said...

That is one blue beak on that bird!These birds here have some wonderful colors don't they? I especially like the the little yellow
warblers,we had a few come thru here during the spring.These birds are all over the place.The hawks are gorgeous too.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

The blue herons are real pretty.

Cheryl said...

What a gorgeous bird. I love that you captured it in so many different poses. Watching any water bird do the 'shake-out' is always good for a laugh.

waldlaeufer68 said...

Hello,
very nice .. especially if you have those animals on your doorstep ... but on a picture of the heron looks like disheveled;-)
greetings Frank

Haddock said...

the lonely sentinel.
Good pictures.

Brian King said...

Beautiful heron! I'd love to see one in person, but I don't think they're common in this area.

Rose said...

You always have some of the best stuff come visit you!!!

Linda said...

Great pics...I think he was showing off for the camera just a bit! lol

Devilish Angel said...

Good pics...

Ann said...

do they really come out at night? We have a shag at our lake. I notice, everytime I go there, the shag is at the middle of the lake perch on a rock.

Hilke Breder said...

Lovely shots! They look like impressionistic paintings!

missing moments said...

Always enjoy seeing your visitors at the pond!

Deb Crecelius said...

Very interesting-looking birds...
I like the feather duster shake-out, too.
Made me smile :)

Kerri said...

Wonderful!

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