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The Black Crowned Night Heron

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Last summer, I lamented on the fact that my mother had spotted night herons and I had not. I kept my eyes peeled everywhere I went. I actively sought to find them. But alas, it was not meant to be.

This summer, I have had great luck in spotting them. Either they are in greater abundance this year or I am just better than I was last year at seeking them.

A few nights ago a friend and I went wandering down to the Beach Lane bridge. No wildlife expected; this was purely a walk for social and entertainment purposes. However, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a night heron fishing by the rocks. Although it was dark and I did not have the benefit of my long lens to spy on it, I’m fairly certain it was a black crowned night heron, like this one fishing in one of the pools off Dune Road back in June.

The Black Crowned Night Heron
15 June 2010
Dune Rd, East Quogue, NY

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