Monday, July 2, 2012

Yellow-crowned Night Heron


A rare species for Illinois, this Yellow-crowned Night Heron showed up in my hometown a week or so ago. What luck! A friend discovered this guy and put out the word... Seeking him out, I was pleased to find him quickly and in decent light.


Various angles, interesting lighting and a catch of the day sealed the deal!


He was also pretty tolerant, letting me approach to about 50 feet. I try never to push him to stress, so I observed his movement and behavior. As long as he fished, I knew he was comfortable. If he watched me for too long, I backed off immediately so that he could continue his natural behavior. He caught a crayfish and I was rewarded for my good wildlife photography etiquette!

6 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Absolutely fabulous shots! I have never seen one of these. Lucky you!!

Willard said...

Congrats on capturing this species. I have not seen--let alone photographed it.

As usual you did a superb job of documenting this encounter.

Wendy said...

They're all very good, but your first shot is amazing! Beautiful crystal clear bird and beautiful bokeh!

Anonymous said...

.thanks for sharing

Chris said...

Sumptuous bird and the two last shots are marvelous! Well done!

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