Crappy Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron in Flight Photo

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Crappy photo of a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Box Elder County, UtahCrappy photo of a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’ve taken my share of crappy photos during the time I have been focused on photographing birds but this photo of a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron crapping in flight may be the crappiest of them all.

I was photographing birds at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge one morning last August when I spotted a young night heron flying towards me, I aimed my camera towards the bird, tried to focus and hit the shutter button, I had no idea at the time I was going to get such a crappy shot.

As a bird photographer I am very much aware that I will have good days and bad days in the field and that some days are just plain crappy. August 27th, 2017 was one of those days.


Life is good. Have a craptastic day!



  1. Walt Anderson July 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Crop (crap?) it as a narrow horizontal to just get the bird’s face and wings, and then it’s sensational.

  2. Ken July 22, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I have a few myself, but this one is exceptional.

  3. Greg Gillson July 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I think Jen at has the market on these kinds of “expulsionary” photos!

  4. Linda Lee July 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Ha ha. Here I thought you were denigrating your work!

  5. Patty Chadwick July 21, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Sure is crappy!!!😏

  6. Elephants Child July 21, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Smiling broadly.

  7. Nikonsteve July 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    That’s the best “crappy” photo I think I’ve ever seen….nice job!

  8. Kathy Hunt July 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Well, I am never going outside again without a hat!!! LOL

  9. April Olson July 21, 2018 at 10:51 am

    At first when I saw the photo without I thought, OH NO it has bailing string stuck on it. I am glad to read it was only poop! Everybody poops!

    • Patty Chadwick July 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Speak for yourself…I NEVER POOP…IT’s bad manners and gross…..

  10. Marty K July 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Some days you’re the pigeon. Some days you’re the statue. 😱

  11. Liz Cormack July 21, 2018 at 9:37 am

    It definitely put a smile on my face.

  12. Laura July 21, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Funny! Definitely brought a smile to my day. Thanks!

  13. sallie reynolds July 21, 2018 at 8:23 am

    And they sing for everybody else!

  14. Ian Holland July 21, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Hopefully he missed you!

  15. Corine July 21, 2018 at 7:20 am

    HAHAHA!!! some of my days are like that but at least, I’ve never actually been underneath the crap although I’ve certainly felt like it many times! Thx so much for this reality check!

  16. Bob mcpherson July 21, 2018 at 7:13 am


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