Saturday, May 9, 2009

Black-crowned Night-heron

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Check out the fancy breading plume! A real cock-of-the-rock!
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19 comments:

hip chick said...

I've never seen one of these before. Are they in New England?

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Beautiful!! I wish ours were not so shy as they are always in places where you can hardly see them or take photographs.

Ginnymo said...

What a cool looking bird!! Beautiful shots!!

madcobug said...

I have never seen one of those before. A beautiful shot of a beautiful bird. Helen

Richard said...

Great pictures Steve. Perfect background to lake that little bird pop out at you.

Dale Forbes said...

that plume is lovely!

nice shots, but I think you are going to have to photoshop it luminescent orange if you want it to be a cock of the rock (at the very least).

happy birding
Dale
http://alpinebirds.blogspot.com

Cindy said...

Wow Steve, that second one is a real beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A contest winner even!

Jenny said...

That is one smart looking bird and he knows it! I agree with Cindy, that second shot is lovely!

VALKYRIEN said...

That second shot is so beautiful! Can't get over how red his eyes are! Wow!

Steve B said...

Hi Hip-Chick, Why, I don't know if you can find these in England. I'm on the wrong side of the pond. Jenny? Frank?

Hi Joan, I got luck with this one. In our area, they like their space too.

Thanks Ginnymo, Richard and Helen.

Thanks Cindy and Jenny. I'm rather proud of that one.

LOL Dale, there's no slipping one by you. My one and only true Cock-of-the-rock setting was at the San Diego Zoo. The real Andean Cock-of-the-rock is a rather fancy bird that is a bit of a show-off and yes, is the inspiration for my usage of cock-of-the-rock, meaning a real good looking bird looking for some ACTION.

Jenny said...

Hi Steve, they are a vagrant to our shores with a few seen each year.

A New England Life said...

I LIKE that bird Steve! Like the Green Heron I am assuming it is rather shy. Lucky you for getting such great shots.

Btw, I believe Hip Chick was asking about NEW England ; )

Sharon

A New England Life said...

Hey! I think he has wrinkly knees!

Steve B said...

Oh Dang! Sorry about that Hip Chick! Duh, just like you asked. I need to clean off my glasses. Jenny and Frank are both on the other side of the pond.

I shot this yesterday in Gloucester, MA. We seem to have a populantion here and I do believe there is a rookery close by, but I haven't found it yet.

Kerri said...

What a GORGEOUS bird! Great shots Steve!!

The Early Birder said...

Whow...stunning shots Steve.
Winters in Africa & is summer visitor (Mar - Oct)to southern Europe & around Mediterranean. Rare but occassional visits to southern Britain. Usually found on marshes, ponds & riversides and nests in reedbeds so I am suprised to see yours perched on seaweed.

KaysWay said...

I first saw these birds in Northern California, but now have also seen them nearer to my home.

Kay

Kelly said...

He is gorgeous!!! I hope I get to see one this year. Your photos are so nice. I really love his eye in the last one. Stunning.

Tabib said...

Perfect lighting and exposure, especially the second pic.

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