Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Black-crowned Night Heron: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Black-crowned Night Heron is also called the Night Heron in Eurasia , it is a medium-sized heron found anywhere in the world except in the coldest regions and Australasia; it is closely related to the Rufous Night Heron.

Breeding in fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. This heron is migratory in the northernmost part of its range or a resident even in Patagonia. The North American population winters in mexico, the southern united States, Central America, and the West Indies, and the Old World birds winter in tropical Africa and southern Asia.

Bueng Boraphet lake is wide and it is a perfect habitat for birds to inhabit, this heron is many and it was a colony out there. Though they are visible and easy to find, taking photographs is another story. They like taking cover or keep distance from humans, the clear possible shots we had were when they perch high on bare branches in which it will require a teleconvert in which we don’t have.

Bueng Boraphet Non-hunting Area, Thailand
March 25, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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2 Comments to: Black-crowned Night Heron

  1. Neil Cairns

    May 26th, 2019

    Hi Ali
    Nice take.
    A colony exists in Tsing Yi Park in Hong Kong and very approachable to photograph. Also great for Red billed Blue Magpies coming down to fruit local birders put out and also throw fish for the local White throated Kingfisher! I was there in March and definitely hope to go back. There are some blogs you can check out of the park telling you about the birds there.

    • May 27th, 2019

      That’s fantastic Neil. Thailand have birds that can be very difficult to approach and yet very easy to another country like Hongkong and I wish I can bird there one of these days 🙂 .Yes also the Red Billed Blue Magpie; at Huia Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, they can be found easily but approaching is another story. So I have tried to get perfect shots of these bird for quite sometime now… Sometimes they go out of the Sanctuary and feed on some insects coming out in the afternoon playing around on pavement.


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