Black-crowned Night Heron and Brown Creeper

Was walking down by Woodbine Beach and saw a few other birds instead of just the usual run-of-the-mill flock of Mallard ducks: a juvenile Green Heron Black-crowned Night Heron and a Brown Creeper. I had my f/2 200mm lens with me thankfully, and managed to get a few nice shots in.

Here’s a shot of the Heron in the water hunting for small fish:

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

And here he (she?) is flying away after getting spooked by my camera’s shutter:

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron Flying Away

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron Flying Away

And just a few meters away from that last shot I saw something flitting and “creeping” up a nearby tree. It was a Brown Creeper. It didn’t seem too bothered by me and allowed me to take a bunch of photos. It moves quickly with it makes its way up a tree, so despite the fast lens I only had a few shots where it wasn’t a white-speckled brown blur. Here are a couple of the shots I took of it:

Brown Creeper 1

Brown Tree Creeper 1

Brown Creeper 2

Brown Creeper 2

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  1. Great shot of the Black-crowned Night-heron (not a Green Heron; the juveniles do have lots of green on them). Brown Creepers are so difficult to photograph, they never really “creep” up the tree, they run!

    Cheers,
    Gillian

  2. Thanks again for setting me straight! The image of a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron on the Wikipedia page convinced me that you are right.

    You are also right about the behaviour of the Brown Creeper — this one was pretty zippy as well, and out of the many shots I took of it there were only a few which weren’t a blur (any this is using the fastest lens I have).

    You are more than welcome to correct my ornithological errors anytime! Cheers!

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