Black-crowned Night Herons

Black-crowned Night Herons

Black-crowned Night Herons

These black-crowned night herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) were photographed along Hat Creek below the first hydro plant. I recently learned that black-crowned night heron chicks leave the nest when they are a month old, but do not learn to fly until six weeks of age. Between leaving the nest and flight, these young birds walk around on the ground. Sounds like a vulnerable time in their lives.

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