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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.

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