Most people think of herons as blue-grey or white birds with long necks and long legs. The bird in this photo, a black-crowned night heron, is the exception. Why are they named night herons? Because they hunt for food mainly at dusk and early evening.
Night herons’ necks and yellow legs are short and their bodies are chunky. Compared to white and blue herons (45 inches tall or more), night herons are smaller - about 23 to 28 inches, with a wingspan of about four feet.
There are seven species of night herons. The black-crowned bird is the most common, ranging all over the United Sates. They travel in groups, but once they land in marsh/estuary areas for a rest, they prefer to keep their distance from their fellow night herons. Like other herons, they hunt for small fish, frogs, snakes, mice, and whatever else looks good to them.
I photographed this bird in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (Florida, near Tallahassee). He’s a regular visitor to this area in the fall and winter.
I made this photo with the new Canon 7D Mark II, using a Canon 70-200 lens and a Canon 2x extender. The 2x extender reduces sharpness somewhat, but it does work better with prime lenses.
In my next post I'll be showing a photo of a night heron using just the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS ll and the Canon 7D Mark II. #canonphotographers #wildlifephotography #wildlife #estuary #wildliferefuge #heronphotography #florida #birdphotography #canon7dmarkii