Black-crowned Night-Herons: Adult and Juvenile

Two Black-crowned Night-Herons at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York (near JFK International Airport). Resting on low-hanging branches over Big John’s Pond, they’re relaxed because they can’t see me. I’m in a “blind”: a weathered wooden hut that’s basically a wall with several cutouts, enabling a close look at wildlife without scaring them off. Both birds were a short distance from each other and likely related. BTW, the spots on the adult’s body (l) are reflections from the water just below.

Black-crowned Night Herons: adult in breeding plumage (l) and juvenile (r).

Black-crowned Night Herons: adult in breeding plumage (l) and juvenile (r).

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