Apr 052015
Black-crowned Night Heron at Spring Hammock Preserve

I drove to Spring Hammock Preserve this morning hoping to find my first Great Crested Flycatcher of the year. I didn’t see one, but I did hear one calling. The biggest surprise, though, was this Black-crowned Night Heron. It had flown up into the branches of a tree overhanging a stream, so my guess is […]

Oct 262014
Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax – Quite a common species round the world. It is only in its 3rd year that the young takes on its adult plumage. Usually nocturnal, it is interesting to notice that in a protected area, it comes out in broad day light even if it does not hunt. These pics were taken at […]

Nov 092013
Johnny vs. the Texas Coast

We spent a day on the (Texas) coast last weekend. In 2007 I vowed I’d never return to such a foul place after a particularly horrid experience. I totally lied to myself and have gone back every year since I so loudly pronounced this. Usually multiple times, even working at Padre Island National Seashore for […]

Aug 232013
Garza bruja (Black crowned night heron) Nycticorax nycticorax

Luego de observar estas dos fotografías no van a tardar mucho en encontrar al culpable de no haberme podido acercar un poco mas a la garza para mejorar las tomas. El quiere ser el centro de atención y por tal motivo no deja a nadie tranquilo; como es habitual también en esta oportunidad el Benteveo […]

Mar 032013
Round up of Al Hayer in February

Last year I visited Al Hayer south of Riyadh almost weekly and it became what we birders call my local patch. This year I vowed to make trips more widely within Saudi Arabia and I have been doing so. However last weekend I returned to Al Hayer for the first time in over 6 weeks. […]

Feb 202013
Birds of Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex located about 90 miles North of Sacramento, California’s state capitol. The Sacramento National Wildlife Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) found in California’s central valley.Colusa NWR is located about 6 miles east of Interstate […]

Jan 212013
A Morning’s Birding in January

First of all a Happy New Year to all my readers!We were away for quite a while this holiday period and I was in need of some birding at my local patch, La Janda. Every month of the year there is continual migration through our area and change is apparent almost on a weekly basis.The […]

Nov 262012
Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile and Adult

I stopped at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge a few weeks ago on the way back home from a Northern California Audubon Council meeting in Clear Lake and spotted a few Black-crowned Night-Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) on the auto tour just before sunset. This juvenile was hunting from a irrigation outlet right next to the auto […]

Oct 282012
All along The Strait

Yesterday the weather started to change, as a low-pressure system came up from the south-west. Rain came in the night which is a pity as it’s our daughter Amelia’s birthday today! There were some insects around as I explored the coastline from Tarifa to Pelayo with father and son, Terry and Gary from the UK […]

Oct 282012
Portrait of Black Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Another portrait of the Black Crowned Night Heron shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Botanical Garden Reserve under very low light conditions. I have managed to get very acceptable levels of sharpness from the Canon 100-400mm L lens by stopping it down to at least f/8 every time at the 400mm range.

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