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Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Action at John's Pond, Jamaica Bay

There wasn't a lot going on in the heat at the West Pond at Jamaica Bay but John's Pond had a lot of action. A fishing Great Egret and 3 juvenile Black-Crowned Herons and an adult Black-Crowned Heron. There were a few foraging assorted shore birds.
Got it

A tasty morsel
Down the hatch

Now for a little preening

When we first arrived there was an adult Black-Crowned Night Heron and three juveniles.  The adult took off quickly but the three juveniles stayed around the pond. The juveniles are also Black-Crowned Night herons. The immature Black-Crowned Heron is browner and their spots are larger  then the immature Yellow-Crowned Night Heron which is grayer and more finely speckled as well as having longer legs.  Two of the juveniles had quite a game over a stick. You can see other smaller shore birds in a few of the pictures.

The other juvenile stayed on this branch and preened the whole time.


Frank said...

Ahh .. youngsters doing what come natural .. playing around. Glorious shots Cindy.

forestal said...

Wonderful photos Cindy.


Cindy said...

Thank you Frank and Dan

Kathiesbirds said...

What a great place to bird! I am still learning all my shorebirds. so challenging!

ksdoolittle said...

Brilliant photos!! Now that's being at the right place at the right time. Well done.