A nice herd of Nycticorax nycticorax. You've got lots of them. They are rare in The Netherlands, so it would be nice if you could send some of them across the Atlantic.
LOL! You've given me a better title, Norrel!
You would not believe the sight every summer night at the dam where the eagles were spending their winter. I think the birds must be rare in The Netherlands because they all fly to Mystic Lakes! They are like seagulls there, filling the trees over the dam, the rocks at the base of the dam, flying overhead...There were about 30 of them the other evening, with more flying in as it got darker. I've found out the reason they are called NIGHT Herons. That's when they are most active. Soooooo frustrating for a photographer without a camera with ISO 102,000!
It is best to view this enlarged, such an interesting photo.
I love the fantastic photo enlarged as Laurel has suggested. But the title has me stumped - seems to be something to do with the planet Orax and NY city!!!!!!!
Cleverly disguised as night herons the evil aliens from planet Orax plan their invasion of New York City.
Had to read that title twice before I realised you'd reversed the letters.
Thanks Laurel! Though oh-oh, by enlarging it you see how blurry it is!! But considering it was taken after sunset, and with an ISO of 1600, I'm not too embarrassed by the blurriness. Thanks for opening it to full size!
LOLOL, Cal! You should know better than to set up your brother like that!!! The answer can be found in Norrel's comment: the scientific name for Black-crowned Night Herons is Nycticorax nycticorax, and I thought that was pretty appropriate for all of these reflected birds!
Oh Rats Bjorn - you saw through their disguise!!!
Thanks geomancer! I'd tried a little program that actually mirrors the letters, but while it works in comments, the Pano. programming doesn't seem to recognize that in titles...Cheers!
Interesting - I googled it and cane up empty handed, so then started doing some detective work and that's what I came up with. Guy seem to have it figured out. I have never heard of Black-crowned Night Herons. Cheers - Cal
Hi Cal - well, hopefully I didn't lead you astray to google Nycticorax xarocitcyn! It's interesting how there are such gaps in the distribution ranges of birds that are fairly common in a lot of places. For some reason, black-crowned night herons avoid British Columbia, where you'd think they would be extremely happy. There's a distribution map on this page about them. But you guys get a lot of cool birds that don't come anywhere near Massachusetts. Strangely, even ravens are uncommon here!
Cool dudes :D and shot :)
Ha...here's the dope who googled Nycticorax xarocitcyn before reading the comments, although now there's an entry for it! Nice catch of a cool bird! (And I hear you about the soft focus...the frustration and excitement of bird photography...ack!) Cheers, pear
LOLOLOLOL, pear, and Holy COW!!! I just checked, and there it is!!! I guess there's an upside to having a direct connection here to Google! lol, wow, what a scary thought: all the shear mis-information we now disseminate to the unsuspecting public through our little games on Panoramio!
And yes - frustration quadrupled when it's birds that turn out to be most active at night. Maybe I should switch to bats! This is just a sub-group of all of the herons there that evening - I counted around 20, and there were many more the last time I stopped by. I keep putting off posting shots, hoping for better ones.
Thanks Ippa! It's funny: they make me think of little penguins!
Thanks for sharing what I know is a great photo captured under difficult conditions. I saw and photographed my 1st Night Heron on 7/1/10. I was rocking in a boat at dusk on the shady side of the ridge, no tripod and 75-300mm cranked all the way up. I'm not much at birding and did not have a clue what kind of bird this was when it flew up to our fishing spot. He was i.d. it by googling "red eyed Bird." My 1st thought is was an exotic transplant, but discovered they are found worldwide. They are beautiful bird and I'm looking forward to seeing more, now that I know what to look for.
My comment is not going to fit in (butt when did that stopme before? ). From the title and thumprint I thought this was a photo of discarded cigarette ends (Latin fir nicotine of the thorax) amid a trash heap. Then I read Norrel's comment and wondered why he would want any his side. Hopefully that's amusing.
LOLOLOL Tery! well thanks for having the bravery to click on the thumbnail!!!
And many Thanks Wray, especially for finding my page! It's funny - I'd never seen one of these close up until last year, but never noticed the eyes until recently. But when I was at the dam watching one last week, some kids came running up, very excited that the Red-eyed Bird was there. That seemed to be the main characteristic they knew it by. More than anything, they remind me of penguins, though. Happy Fourth to you !
On the little thumbnail I thought it was a whole swarm of pigeons attacking the world's largest... hot dog or something hot-dog-shaped. :/
lol, funny thing is, I never intended this to be a mind bender. I just thought all the reflected night herons looked really cool!
Wonderful picture. I like it. VOTED Greetings from Brazil
Thanks very much lindo42! Greetings to Brazil :)
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