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Black-crowned Night Heron  - Nycticorax nycticorax

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

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.

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.

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - June 07, 2020

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;
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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Rapids Park Lachine - October 21, 2017

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1000;
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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Juvenile

Moulin Légaré - September 02, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;
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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Moulin Légaré - September 02, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;
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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Moulin Légaré - September 02, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;
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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Moulin Légaré - September 02, 2017

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