Thursday, August 30, 2007

Caribbean Herons Part II(b)

In this post I introduced the Yellow-crowned night heron, Nyctanassa violacea, and promised I'd show you how different the juveniles look when I managed to find one. Well here's one of this year's batch:

night heron juv

As you can see the constants are that fat bill and the bright red eye. Unlike the adults the juveniles of the two night herons we get look similar but the red eye is the giveaway I use to identify yellow-crowns.

night heron juv3

As Olduvai George pointed out, this youngster hasn't worked out he's a night heron and is out and about lookin' for lunch in the midday sun.

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