Kip’s Comments 12-4-17

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - Image 478700 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Was This A Farewell?

Windy or not, I walked around at Sweet Marsh late this afternoon in search of the juvenile black-crowned night heron I first observed one week ago today. Believe it or not, for the fourth time I found this uncommon bird.   

I am beginning to wonder if the young heron is becoming acclimated to me. When I arrive in the area, the bird pops out of its cattail cover to sit on a tree and watch me/pose for me. Today, after ten or fifteen minutes, the bird then dropped back down into the cattails to do whatever it does when hidden in the cattails. The heron did not go into cover due to fear from me. I was looking the other way when it dropped down.    

With the abrupt change of weather that is underway as I type this, I can’t help but wonder if the young heron will move on when ice forms – possibly during the overnight hours. I guess I am almost hopeful that it does so the bird is assured of a fair chance of surviving to adulthood, rather than remaining at Sweet Marsh too long and then not having enough body fat to move south when it is forced to. 

I wonder, was tonight a farewell for our frequent meetings? Will the heron move on?  Might ice force the bird to fly away? Will I ever see the heron again? Time will tell!   

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron:

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - Image 478451 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – Image 478451 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - Image 478569 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – Image 478569 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - Image 478700 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – Image 478700 (© Kip Ladage)

 

For those wondering, this is what an adult black-crowned night heron looks like:

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Image 429172 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-crowned Night-Heron – Image 429172 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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