Fledgling Black-Crowned Night Heron – Dallas Rookery

This time of the year most of the SWMC / UT Medical center rookery nesting chicks are big enough and they are wandering out for little venture. The fledglings often perch on open branches, and that’s where you want to get that background separation as the surroundings are quite busy.

This Black-Crowned Night Heron already fledged, and stood still waiting on parent return with food. If you want something more interesting than a typical perch bird, keep you eyes on the viewfinder and wait for the bird to make its move – stretching, lifting legs or in this case, yawning.

  • Canon, EOS 1D Mark IV
  • EF 500mm F4L IS USM
  • ISO 800, 1/200, F4.0 ,500mm
  • Dallas, Texas
  • June 24, 2013
Black crowned night heron

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