Muuuh Wildlife Photography

Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-crowned Night Heron is a bird which can be found all around the world except in the cold, polar regions. Its preferred habitat is fresh or saltwater wetlands.

Common Names

  • Black-crowned Night Heron (en)
  • Martinete común (es)
  • Bihoreau gris (fr)
  • Nachtreiher (de)

Taxonomy

  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Nycticorax nycticorax

Where & When to Spot

I first saw Black-crowned Night Herons in St. Eustache. Rapids Park Lachine is another place they can be seen frequently, either hidden within a tree close to the water where they like to fish. For photography, St. Eustache is better as they are getting very close.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Pointe aux Prairies 1 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 0 1 1 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

I look for the black cap, white body and red eyes. Juvenile birds are brownish, darker where it will turn later to dark grey, and they already have the red eyes.

Photos

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2020-06-07

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-10-21

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1000;

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Juvenile

moulin-legare - 2017-09-02

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

moulin-legare - 2017-09-02

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

moulin-legare - 2017-09-02

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

moulin-legare - 2017-09-02

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 320;

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

moulin-legare - 2017-09-02

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/6.3; Iso 320;

For high quality, free available photos visit our profile on Unsplash.