Sunday, 28 May 2017

Night Herons on Lake Kerkini.



One species that I was hoping to get the opportunity to photograph was the [Black-crowned] Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

I had seen this species on previous trips to the Mediterranean, Morocco and in Bulgaria but the views were often distant or the bird was partly hidden by vegetation. 

This was initially the case in Northern Greece during a drive along the eastern embankment of Lake Kerkini but when we took a guided boat trip out to the drowned forest in the north-eastern corner this all changed.



Their Latin name equates to 'Night Raven', referring to its largely nocturnal feeding habits and crow-like croaking call.

On our approach to the forest I quickly grabbed a few record shots.

Nikos Galios our expert local bird guide and boatman then maneuvered us into a more favourable position for some quality close ups.


Typically perched in their hunched resting position this close encounter certainly made my day.


You can check out the various other species seen during this overseas trip by visiting Wildlife Watching with FAB.

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10 comments:

  1. Again, some very good shots, Frank.

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  2. Hello, awesome shots and sighting of the Black Crowned Night Heron!

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  3. Oh my goodness, these are exceptional images!!! I especially favor the 2nd one from the top. We have them here; I see them often. But, y'know something? I've never heard their calling. I will now have to pay attention.

    Before I leave your blog, I want to convey my thanks to you for sharing this blog with all us birders over at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Have a great week ahead.

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  4. Your shots are just beautiful, and know you must have been so excited to get close enough to get these photos. Such a beautiful bird

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  5. Brilliant shots of gorgious bird, well photographed.
    All the best, Gordon.

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  6. wow you did get close. beautiful shots.

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  7. Great shots of the night herons.

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  8. Great that you could photograph this heron.
    This is a heron that I can only see in a zoo.

    Regards, Helma

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