Black-crowned Night Heron at Bear River NWR

Black-crowned Heron foragingBlack-crowned Heron foraging

Bear River National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite Utah locations to photograph birds, I was there two days ago and the south section of the auto tour route had the most action because it currently has the most water. I spotted this Black-crowned Night Heron that was almost hidden by the vegetation but as soon as I stopped it darted towards some open water in foraging mode. After a bit the heron appeared to just be resting so I left it to doze.

Black-crowned Night Heron in flight over the Bear River Migratory Bird RefugeBlack-crowned Night Heron in flight over the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Further down the road I spotted a Pied-billed Grebe on a nest and I stopped to photograph it, there was a dark SUV coming up behind the pickup and as it drew closer I could see that the Black-crowned Night Heron had taken flight and was flying towards me in nice light. I was able to get a series of about 15 images of the heron before it passed the pick up.

Black-crowned Night Heron Fly ByBlack-crowned Night Heron Fly By

I am almost certain that the driver of the SUV with Washington plates didn’t mean to scare up the heron but it did give me an opportunity to photograph this Black-crowned Night Heron in flight.

Today marks my 800th post on my blog, it seems like only a few months ago I announced my 500th post!



  1. Mia McPherson July 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks everyone, your comments are wonderful.

  2. kim July 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

    i was sure i’d left a comment about this beautiful heron! lovely shots Mia, the bright eye and eye-contact in flight is excellent

  3. zephyr July 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Oh, that eye of his/hers!
    Beautiful capture.
    And, a hearty congratulations on another milepost!!

  4. Sheila July 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Simply outstanding!!

  5. Sherry in MT July 11, 2013 at 7:56 am

    What an amazingly lovely bird! Don’t you love it when something you think is going to ruin a shot (another car) turns into amazing images!

  6. Lynn Koch July 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Really beautiful shots, Mia. The Black-Crowned Night Heron is a lovely bird and the one of him wading is my favorite! Congratulations on your 800th post!!

  7. John Randall July 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Wonderful Photos Mia ! The first image is my favorite . Congratulations on your 800th post and for sharing your art with all of us !

  8. patty chadwick July 11, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Your Black-crowned night heron shot is one of the most beautiful bird pictures I’ve seen…great background provides context, great composition, great detail,,,even down to tiny floating feather. Good work! Congratulatiions on your 800th.

  9. Bob Bushell July 11, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Brilliant photos of the Night Heron.

  10. Stu July 11, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Excellent Mia. What a great set of photos to celebrate your 800th post. So pristine, they look almost hand drawn.

  11. Cheryl Valdez July 11, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Great photos, Mia. We’re headed there tomorrow. Hope we have the same opportunity. Have seen several GBH’s but have yet to see a Black-crowned Night Heron.

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