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Aug 172012
 
Black Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
 

This one is another one of the night herons I have sighted, except this one was was shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is very similar to the Yellow-crowned Night Heron I posted previously that was shot in Florida.
 
This one was also shot at ISO 200, a big risk for getting blurs, but again, I had to act quickly as this heron tends to stand still, motionless, without moving for many hours. I shot it at 300mm with the Canon 100-400mm L zoom lens at f/8, and a dangerous 1/120 second.
 
It was very shadowed, but the heron was closer to me. So I didn’t need a Better Beamer this time, but I did use fill-in flash for the shot. These herons are nocturnal, but once in a while they can perk up and move during the day.
 
In Spanish they are called Yaboas Reales.
 
This heron moves very slow but it can be a very aggressive hunter.

Maria Firpi

I am Maria Firpi. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I have shot both film and digital for about 10 years and I'm a Wildlife photographer. I like to blog about birds, flora, and fauna in tropical and subtropical regions of U.S. I consider myself a fine art photographer. I seek self expression through my images. I use a Canon 60D with a 100-400mm L IS zoom lens, a 70-200mm f/4 L IS, a 60mm f/2.8, and 100mm f/2.8 from Canon. I like to observe animal behavior and document it as naturally as it was found, even when using Photoshop. I mostly shoot in lakes, beaches, and parks. Feel free to contact me. All of my images are copyrighted and registered in the Library of Congress. Please ask for permission prior to using any of the images posted here. Thanks.

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