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juvenile Night-Heron Port Credit Ontario (1 Viewer)

49bentley

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Can someone please identify which juvenile Night-Heron is this? Taken in May in Port Credit Ontario.
Thanks
Chris
 

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Butty

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It's hiding its best feature (greater coverts), and the angle makes bill-shape difficult to judge, but - given the all-blackish bill and the size (tiny) of the white spots on the median coverts - I think probably yellow-crowned night-heron.
 

THE_FERN

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It's hiding its best feature (greater coverts), and the angle makes bill-shape difficult to judge, but - given the all-blackish bill and the size (tiny) of the white spots on the median coverts - I think probably yellow-crowned night-heron.
I think this is right.

There may also be a tendency for juv. /Imm. black-crowned to have more yellow irises (later becoming much darker orange), with yellow-crowned having darker irises from a young age but I don't know good a character this is
 
On a USA holiday in 2016, whilst in San Francisco on a daytime walk to the Golden Gate Bridge I took these photographs of what I believe is a Night Heron? It was under a shoreside building which had been build on stilts.
 

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D Halas

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Are these the only photos you have? Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is quite rare in southern Ontario, and this would be a first-ever record for Peel Region, at least on eBird. From the details I can make out in the photos you've provided, it does look more like a Yellow-crowned than Black-crowned.

Can you give us the precise date these photos were taken, and the precise location? If there's a chance that it's still around, quite a few people would be interested in looking for it.
 
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Are these the only photos you have? Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is quite rare in southern Ontario, and this would be a first-ever record for Peel Region, at least on eBird. From the details I can make out in the photos you've provided, it does look more like a Yellow-crowned than Black-crowned.

Can you give us the precise date these photos were taken, and the precise location? If there's a chance that it's still around, quite a few people would be interested in looking for it.
Unfortunately D, the photographs were taken on the 12th. May 2016, underneath the Torpedo Wharf on Golden Gate promenade, San Francisco Bay.
 

THE_FERN

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Unfortunately D, the photographs were taken on the 12th. May 2016, underneath the Torpedo Wharf on Golden Gate promenade, San Francisco Bay.
? Weren't the first set of photos from Ontario?

...As I understand it, D Halas was asking about the immature bird which was the first one on this thread (this is why it's a good idea to start a new thread for each [set of birds] so things don't get mixed up).
 

49bentley

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Canada
In answer to D Halas. The above yellow-Crowned Night Heron pics were taken on May 29, 2021. I have taken pics of an adult Yellow-Crowned Heron on May 23, 2021 (posted below) at the same location. Exact location is/was overflow duck pond in Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke, Ontario. Hope that helps.
 

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D Halas

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In answer to D Halas. The above yellow-Crowned Night Heron pics were taken on May 29, 2021. I have taken pics of an adult Yellow-Crowned Heron on May 23, 2021 (posted below) at the same location. Exact location is/was overflow duck pond in Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke, Ontario. Hope that helps.

Thanks for the extra information. That's unfortunately a lot less exciting for the birding community in the area – Etobicoke isn't Port Credit, and the adult bird you also photographed at the same spot was widely reported.
 
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