Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

The yellow-crowned night heron is a rare visitor to Ontario. A juvenile yellow-crowned night heron was initially spotted at Colonel Samuel Smith Park on or about August 17th. Word spread. I’ve been told birders from Point Pelee have made the trek to see the bird. Today I met a chap who journeyed from London, Ontario.

My story, Reader’s Digest style: Three trips, including one sunrise…

Sunrise @ Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Sunrise @ Colonel Sam Smith Park

Today I finally photographed the juvenile yellow-crowned night heron!

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron in tree at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron

If you have a Facebook account, a fellow birder posted a video clip of this morning’s sighting at PRBY Apparel.

We also had opportunity to photograph a juvenile and an adult black-crowned night heron.

Juvenile Black-Crowned Night-Heron at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Juvenile Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Adult Black-Crowned Night-Heron at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Adult Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Adult Black-Crowned Night-Heron fishing at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, ON

Adult Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Without exaggeration, during the three visits I met wonderful, genteel, generous and inclusive experienced birdwatchers and photographers.

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