The Black-crowned Night Heron is a nocturnal bird which you seldom see during broad day light.
The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) is a heron with short legs and a short neck. The adult version is a nightheron and likes to stay well hidden between the dense vegetation during the day. An immature on the other hand doesn't quite know the difference between day and night so this gave me the opportunity to shoot one in broad daylight.
Even though it was spotted during the day, August 5, 2016, this young Black-crowned Night Heron was almost one with its surroundings. It stood still for quite some time possibly trying to stay invisible.
The young Heron is quite the opposite of the adult Heron. Here you can clearly see that it has brown feathers covered with white spots and streaks.
Here you can see that its upper beak is blackish and the lower one yellowish with a black tip. The Black-crowned Night heron is a solitary bird that lives from insects, fish and small reptiles.
Like I said before, the Black-crowned Night heron is a nocturnal bird. I have seen on several occasions this Heron during the night at the beach of the River Cabin or the pier. Usually it was way too dark to take a picture of it. I often ended with a blurry photo. I did manage to take a picture of an adult Black-crowned Night Heron, during the day, when I was in Paramaribo and this one was found in a colony during nesting season.
Here is another Heron you might like:
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