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.

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 and 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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    NIKON Z 6
    300mm f/4

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 100

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 1000

  • Moulin Légaré

    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 250

  • Moulin Légaré

    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 280

  • Moulin Légaré

    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 720

  • Moulin Légaré

    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 320

Taxonomy

Pelecaniformes
Ardeidae
Nycticorax nycticorax