A Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron Stalking Prey

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron stalking preyJuvenile Black-crowned Night Heron stalking prey – Nikon D810, f8, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last August I was able to spend time observing and photographing this juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron stalking prey at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. There were about a half dozen Snowy Egrets in the same area and this juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron would become aggressive when they came close to it. This image shows the juvenile standing on a rock and peering into the Bear River. The Snowy Egrets had moved further away and the heron seemed entirely focused on quietly stalking its prey.

Black-crowned Night Herons do breed at the refuge but unlike the breeding Black-crowned Night Herons that I saw nesting in trees in Florida the ones at the refuge will nest on small islands in the marsh because there are very few trees on the entire refuge and most of those are invasive Tamarisks which could not support a nesting colony. It is highly likely that this young night heron hatched some where in the marsh on the refuge.

Life is good.



  1. Charlotte (Prairie Birder) February 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I love the reflection in this photo, Mia!

  2. Carroll February 16, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I am blown away every day by your beautiful images, but this one is heart stopping in its beauty and clarity. Thank you Mia.

  3. Elephant's Child February 16, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I warm to this juvenile MUCH more than those of our species.
    Gorgeous image. As always.

  4. Molly Iris February 16, 2016 at 9:59 am


  5. Patty Chadwick February 16, 2016 at 7:04 am

    “Who IS that handsome bird!!”…love this image…wonderful composition….really tells a story– of patiencecand persistance….and, I hope, success…..

  6. Liz Cormack February 16, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Love the reflections & the colours.

  7. Bob McPherson February 16, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Awesome photo Mia, Love your commentary.

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