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The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part IV)

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The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part IV)
15 June 2010
Dune Rd, East Quogue, NY

The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part III)

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The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part III)
15 June 2010
Dune Rd, East Quogue, NY

The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part II)

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The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part II)
15 June 2010
Dune Rd, East Quogue, NY

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

The Night Heron in the Tree (Part II)

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And his mate…

The Night Heron in the Tree (Part II)
25 May 2010
Montauk Highway, Eastport, NY

The Night Heron in the Tree

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The Night Heron in the Tree
25 May 2010
Montauk Highway, Eastport, NY

Ardeidae on the Dock

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I think that this is an immature night heron (probably a black crowned night heron, because those have been seen in the area this season), but I cannot be sure, since immature yellow crowned night herons are very similar, as are American bitterns.

There were two on the docks behind town. They never raised their necks any longer than this, which makes me think they are not bitterns.

Ardeidae on the Dock
12 August 2009
Westhampton Beach, NY