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Yellow-crowned Night-Herons


Not sure what kind of birds these are I shot these photos early one morning on the Courtney Campbell causeway. The looked almost prehistoric. Anyone know what kind they are? Thanks Alice for telling me what kind of birds these are.

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Atul 9 years ago

looks like a juvenile

Drew Horne
Drew Horne 9 years ago

Thanks Outdoor Guy I think your right Ill change it..

MitchRay 9 years ago

I'm pretty sure you have two species of heron here, you could probably break it up into two different spottings.

MitchRay 9 years ago

These are not Green Herons. They are all photos of juvenile Night Herons. The first and third photos look like Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax). The middle photo looks more like a pair of Yellow-crowned Night Herons (Nyctanasssa violacea).

ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

These are great photos. I see adults frequently, and I assume they're nesting near me, but I've never encountered a juvenile. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that they're all brown and streaky like other young birds.

Drew Horne
Drew Horne 9 years ago

Thanks Alice for the info and comment.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Green Heron Female or Immature Green Heron. Your last picture is the best.

Drew Horne
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Drew Horne

Clearwater, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2010
Submitted on Jul 20, 2011

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