"A NIGHT'S JOURNEY" - Black-Crowned Night Heron (Immature)

September 04, 2023  •  2 Comments

"A NIGHT'S JOURNEY"

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Immature) - 7 Photos

 

According to some research, immature Black-Crowned Night Herons take approximately 2 years to obtain their adult plumage. They can fly at about 6 weeks of age and this youngster has passed that period and milestone. 

 

It is now only a matter of building flight muscle and ability before it begins its first journey of its migration for southern climates to live during the colder months.

 

I have to admit that like the immature Bald Eagles, I find the plumage of the young Black-Crowned Night Herons striking, particularly in flight (Photo #4 through to Photo #7). And, of course, they are so well camouflaged in the marsh areas against the wetland vegetation (Photo #1 through to Photo #3).

 

PHOTO #1

PHOTO #2

PHOTO #3

PHOTO #4

PHOTO #5

PHOTO #6

PHOTO #7

 


Comments

Nigel(non-registered)
Was it unusual to see this during the day, or is the “Night” part of the name not a guide to its activities?
Urszula(non-registered)
Wonderful photos of this cutie!
I also like the youngster's plumage very much. And even eyes have colour that helps with the camouflage.
Beautiful colours and details of the heron when he/she is standing as well as flying.
Again congrats on the series!
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