Good morning, night heron.
I saw this juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron on the mud flats by the Snook Nook bait and tackle shop in Jensen Beach the other morning.
This location is within my 5-mile “local bird” radius. (More on 5MR birding HERE at the Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds blog.)
I like the pattern of little triangles on the feathers.
The pier behind the bait and tackle shop is a popular resting spot for a variety of Indian River Lagoon birds. Great Blue Heron wades below.
Gulls and White Ibis.
These Laughing Gulls seem to be just waking up.
Tern hanging with the gulls. I think it’s a Sandwich Tern because the bill is dark and maybe tipped with yellow. The light isn’t great for getting the colors, but Royal Terns have orange bills that are pretty bright.
A bird of marine coasts of the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, the Sandwich Tern is readily identified by its shaggy crest and yellow-tipped black bill.
One of my summer bird goals is to learn more terns.
Bird holding still. Always good for my level of photography skill!
Yo! Does this night heron need a cup of coffee or what?