Saturday, March 12, 2016

Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Hiking at the Blue Run Park in Dunnellon was a real treat with our son and his family. And how wonderful to see an elusive bird for the very first time.

 

Leave it to our grandson to spot this Black-Crowned Night-Heron in the marsh along the trail.

 

Our destination was the bridge over the Withlacoochee River.

 

But we always keep a sharp eye out for 'critters' along the way.

 

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.
 
 
 
And yes, I'll have more critters for next week from this hike!





36 comments:

Susie said...

Diane, What a wonderful sighting. So glad you are showing the grands how to look for birds. Tell your grandson, great job !! Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie

handmade by amalia said...

That Heron looks to be a wise old bird. Well spotted.
Amalia
xo

Karen Ann said...

Beautiful pictures! and everything looks so green in your area right now...

Linda Walker said...

Wow, great photos of a fine specimen! Such a beauty! I love the last photo, up close and personal! Enjoy the weekend my friend!
xo
Linda

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, wondeerful bird and a great sighting. Congrats to your grandson for finding the Night Heron. Beautiful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Diane said...

How cool! I don't think I've even heard of that let alone seen one in person. Lucky you!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a wonderful photo! Good for your grandson for finding this! I've never seen one - they are beautiful birds. Hope your weekend is fun, Diane. xo Karen

Lowcarb team member said...

Well, these are fantastic shots, I feel that I can reach out to my computer screen and touch the feathers!

Hope your weekend is going well.

All the best Jan

Jean Berryessa said...

Good Morning. Have a nice weekend. I just love looking at all your nature walks.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

Hooray for your grandson. What a great sighting. xo Laura

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a great shot of a beautiful bird! And what a lovely area for a hike. Looks nice and warm there. We got teased with 70 degree weather last week, but is now cooler -- low 50s, which is not bad, but not as good as 70! Hope you're having a good weekend! xo Deborah

Linda H said...

What wonderful photos Diane. A handsome fellow indeed!

BeachGypsy said...

So pretty!we love florida!

Jeannie Marie said...

You are so good at photographing the most beautiful elements of our wonderful Florida! We should find a spot half way to meet sometime!

Phil Slade said...

Kids have such sharp eyes don't they? And Black-crowned Night Herons are surprisingly good at being unobstrisive. You did great to get those pictures.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane!)It's always a thrill to see a new bird for the first time. These are all brilliant shots of the B-C Night Heron, and superb closeup images. Love the view over the water too.Have a great Sunday!:)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Your grandson has a well trained eye Diane - I wonder who he got that attribute from!!!
That's such an attractive bird. Bird watching is a wonderful pastime.
Have a happy week dear friend!
Shane

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Que fotos más bonitas!!! me encantan

Anni said...

Oh my goodness.....absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

Love the night heron images, AND the surroundings.
And, I look forward to more critters next week.

Thank you so much for linking up this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'....this is a phenomenal series of photos. Much appreciated.

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a beautiful shot and how nice to have enjoyed this outing with your grandson too.

Debbie said...

WoW!!! Beautiful night heron, shining in the light!!!!

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful images of the Night-heron, love them.

Denise inVA said...

Hi Diane, superb photos of the Night Heron. Looks like a very pretty area for a walk.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What could be more wonderful than having family visit and having your grandson spot this wonderful bird! Beautiful. Love this.

JG said...

What a great adventure to share with your family, Diane! Your grandson must have been so happy to spot the bird.
~Judy

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Pretty bird. And SUCH a cool name!
~

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
Wow, this Heron picture is great! And it's impressive that you know the true names of the birds.

I just wanted to tell you that Kim has her new blog, Imagery by Kimberly. It's on my side bar, and she still shares pictures of her home and the lake and the sweet dogs and different things. You should pop in and say hello.

love, ~Sheri

TexWisGirl said...

awesome! i've never seen the black-crowned. just the yellow-crowned. :)

Carol Z said...

I'm not a birder, but so enjoyed seeing this beauty. Great pictures, as always!

Lois said...

Gorgeous bird and your photos are wonderful. Love the Spanish moss!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Lovely pictures, that's a sharp eyed grandson you have there! Deb xo

Lorrie said...

That's a beautiful heron, Diane. I've not seen anything like it here. How clever of your grandson to spot it.

Mary Cromer said...

WOW talk about up close and personal, those Heron images are really close. What a keen eye your grandson had to see this beauty. I hope that you are well. Have a Happy week~

Carla from The River said...

Wow, a beautiful bird. :-) Well done for your grandson to have such a great eye for birds.
Carla

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Great shots of this beautiful bird! Such a beautiful place to hike and see the creatures and critters too! It's pretty awesome for your grandson to have spotted it, and you were able to get such a great picture of it! :)

cynthia lee designs said...

What a beautiful bird. It is finally getting nice weather here....so we will start hiking soon.
~Cindy