Black Crown Night Heron
Black crown night heron are mostly active at night or at dusk. The birds stand still at the water’s edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night or early morning. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammals, and small birds. During the day they rest in trees or bushes.
I photographed these two among a group of nesting white egrets. The only way to get a close look was by boat. Since the colony is on an island in Green Bay waters.
My first trip out, I noticed them sitting on an old log on the island. No, apparent nesting site.
The second trip, I could see they were building a nest inside one of the bushes on the island. I wanted to go back and see the little ones. Although, the nesting site would have been to close to the area our boat would have to navigate. So, I decided to wait to do so.
We did take a trip out later in the year to the area. All the nesting birds were gone and only pelicans and seagulls remained.