Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/14/2013


Photo taken on August 13, 2013


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Beautiful wing pattern

Beautiful wing pattern
No, it's not a Black-crowned Night-heron - but I don't know what it is yet! Unless it's a juvenile? Yes, I think it is. Yes, it is! Posted only because I love the wing feather pattern.

I didn't know I'd even caught a bird when I clicked as fast as I could this afternoon. Amazingly, I just got this Black-crowned Night Heron before it flew out of the picture. The weather forecast warned about thunderstorms this afternoon, but, as this seems to occur on an almost daily basis, I decided to risk it and drive south to Frank Lake. Takes about 35 minutes from the southern edge of Calgary to reach this popular location for birders (and for people walking their dog!). It was deserted when I arrived, which always makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I walked along the boardwalk to the blind and about two feet from it, suddenly there was a bit of a commotion overhead and this Black-Crowned Night-heron flew over, followed by several White-faced Ibis. I swung around with my camera, completely forgetting that there is a warning sign about the deep water on either side. It would be so easy to lose ones balance, which I'm usually conscious about. I didn't see the heron again, but I did see six or eight Ibis circling in the distance several times. The water level is high and the Ibis were not to be seen where I've seen them before. Useless for photos, though I might pick out the "best" one to post later.

Cats 99, Jim Boynton, Nourel Lind and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott
A previously posted, closer photo (of an adult) taken at the Calgary Zoo on 18 June 2007.

Black-crowned Night-heron
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Yes, this is in fact a Juvie Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) ... there is a major transformation that occurs from Juvie to Adult in most Herons ... including the Black-crowned Night-heron!! Sometimes when I see the juvies, I mistaken them for Adult Green Herons until I upload to my PC ... excellent in flight capture!!

ibc.lynxeds.com/files/pictures/Black-crowned_Night_Heron_0.jpg
4 years ago.
Nourel Lind
Nourel Lind
Très belle prise !!
4 years ago.
Gypsy Flores
Gypsy Flores
lovely wing spread and very fine composition (great portrait of the adult too)
4 years ago.
raingirl
raingirl
what a great pattern on the wings - and you've given me the only way to ever see that! thanks!

seen in the group Lets Have Fun With Photography
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
This is a great in-flight shot. It looks like the sun is shining thru its wings.
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Wow! I didn't know that you had Night Herons OR Ibis around there! I was intently watching for white Pelicans when we made our two trips to your area this past summer. We do have some white Pelicans around here, but not very many and I have never seen one yet. As for your going to Frank Lake and no one being around when you arrived - sometimes it is better when there are no other people around because then the birds aren't all scared away. I do know that creepy uncomfortable feeling you can get when alone in a wild spot though. I'm glad it all worked out and that you saw so many beautiful birds.

The shot you posted is beautiful - I do love that feather pattern and the shape of the Night Heron too! Great capture of it!
4 years ago.