March 14th, 2014 – Avian Friday: BCNH
Continuing the series of birds in the Bitterns, Herons and Allies families, here is a shot of a Black Crowned Night Heron taken several years ago during a vacation trip to Hawaii. Similar to the Green Herons (see last weeks post) these are a smaller species of the family. They are active mostly around dusk or at night which is when they forage along shorelines and in marshes in search of prey. Normally during the daytime they are perched or at rest, not often very visible. I was lucky enough to spot this one in a nearby nature preserve next to one of the main roadways into Kailua on the windward side of the island.
Black Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
270mm | 1/640th Sec. @f/4 | ISO 250 | Hand-held
Canon 1D Mark II+ Canon EF 135/2L IS USM + EF 2X Rear Extender
Processed using LR2/CS6/ Nik Suite .
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