New Mexico Birds: Pelecaniformes

 

Images are organized alphabetically by family, genus, and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


Ardeidae: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

To see my YouTube video of one of these herons, click here.

 

Ardeidae: Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

 

This Snowy Egret was on the far side of the Rio Grande, straining the ability of my autofocus camera. Characteristics include the yellow lores (space between the beak and eyes), the mostly black bill, the plumes at the tail and back of the upper neck, and mostly black legs ending in yellow feet. Also, it moves around as it hunts for fish, as opposed to staying frozen in place.

 

Ardeide: Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

While trolling the Bosque for wildflowers, I spotted a juvenile night heron standing motionless on a jetty jack. Unfortunately, its tail was obscured by a wad of flotsam. After getting the first two pictures in this series, I backed away and circled around for photographs from a different angle. By then it was gone. In September I caught it hunting in the same place, only this time I watched it fly up to a cottonwood branch a few feet away. 

 

I'm calling this a Black-Crowned Night Heron because of the large white markings on the wings, the broad streaks on the breast, and the yellow on the bill.