Gardening for Wildlife forum: Yellow-Crowned Night Neron

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 20, 2014 7:31 AM CST
I left the lid from my plastic yard waste can outside just before a huge thundershower. The lid filled with water and became like a bird bath.

Each year we have Yellow-Crowned Night Heron nesting in our tall pine trees. One of the juvenile birds was using the water-filled lid as a drinking fountain.
Oh, and me without my camera. Sad

But yesterday I happened to be in the garden, camera in hand.
Had to use the telephoto setting and the bird was back-lit, so the image quality is not too good, but here is my garden visitor. Thumbs up
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jul 20, 2014 4:16 PM CST
That last shot is very nice, you should post those on the bird thread. Thumbs up The thread "July Backyard Birds" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 20, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Thanks. I posted the photo on my 'photo forum' - Ugly Hedgehog - http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/ and asked/begged someone to please lighten up that shot of the bird balanced on the wire.

Hurray! There is now a new-improved version thanks to RichnJude of Quebec, Canada, who made it look much brighter.

Note: I just noticed there is a typo on the title of this thread - should be Night Heron not Neron, oops, sorry Lovey dubby .
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jul 20, 2014 7:58 PM CST
green, don't worry about typos, I can't spell to save my soul, thank god for spell check! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jul 20, 2014 8:34 PM CST
I have lived in this area for my entire life and had not seen one until about 3 years ago. Now I see them all the time. This is one doing a little crabbing.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 21, 2014 11:31 AM CST
That's a fabulous shot!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 21, 2014 1:39 PM CST
Thanks.
The Night Herons are such unusual birds. I don't know why they selected our neighborhood as their birthing grounds but they come every year.
The only problem is parking cars under their nesting site - oh, what a mess.
The babies are so funny as they wander around learning about life. They are very large and ungainly, awkward things. It's like watching a comedy. Very funny.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Aug 2, 2014 4:50 AM CST
What a cool bird!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 2, 2014 8:06 AM CST
This link has the sound made by these birds.
Turn the volume up to high to get the full effect.
http://birds.audubon.org/birds/yellow-crowned-night-heron
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Aug 2, 2014 3:58 PM CST
They sound similar to our Nankeen Night Herons flying over here. Ours are a bit more baritone.

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