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Black-crowned Night Heron

Gru of Despicable Me fame hangs out in Colorado

Gru of Despicable Me fame hangs out in Colorado. Okay, maybe not, but I swear these Black-crowned Night Herons bear an extraordinary resemblance. 😉 I have only gotten pictures of these birds a few times so when I happened across one recently, I did my best stealthy approach to try to get a decent capture. Crouching down, I waddled like a duck through some tall grass, contorting myself to get this picture of the red-eyed creature as it kept watch on the water for a meal.

A Black-crowned Night Heron in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Black-crowned Night Heron in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Juvenile heron and egret have a disagreement

With the heat of summer settling in, my after work photo excursions have been limited as the wildlife hides from the hot temperatures.  Today, instead, I spent my lunch hour at Denver City Park with these beautiful birds.

In this sequence, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron doesn’t want to share its spot of the pond with a similarly young Snowy Egret. Mama Egret swoops in though and sets the young ones straight. It was a lot of fun to watch.

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron tries to ward off a young Snowy Egret. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama egret arrives and shows the young one who's boss.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama egret arrives and shows the young one who’s boss. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama Snowy Egret keeps watch on the young ones. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mama Snowy Egret keeps watch on the young ones. (© Tony’s Takes)

With an adult around, the young heron behaves itself. (© Tony’s Takes)

With an adult around, the young heron behaves itself. (© Tony’s Takes)