This is a companion to my other Bird of the Day blog, which focuses on birds I have seen in Victoria, Canada.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Small heron
Squat, thick proportions
Thick necks
Large, flat head
Heavy, pointed bill
Short legs
Broad, rounded wings
    - Pale grey upperparts
    - Black crown and back
    - White underparts
    - Yellow legs
    - Black bill
    - Red eyes
    - Brown with large white spots on the wings
    - Blurry streaks on the underparts
    - Yellowish-green legs
    - Yellow and black bill
    - Orange eyes

Today we went for a boat tour on the Tempisque River in Palo Verde National Park. Word of advice: if you plan a trip there, don't forget your bug spray!The mosquitoes were horrendous. Along with the insects, we did see lots of birds, as well as crocodiles and howler monkeys. This heron, normally active at night, was foraging on the bank of the river. It was rather striking with its gray and black plumage and long white head plume.

immature (photo taken in San Diego, CA)
Learn more about the Black-crowned Night-Heron.


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