|Male Black-crowned Night-heron getting ready to roost for the day|
In the Phoenix area, the best spot to find Black-crowned Night-herons is the Gilbert WAter Ranch and Riparian Preserve, where 10-15 or more form a colony.
|Male Black-crowned Night-heron|
Black-crowned Night-herons are generally easy to distinguish from other Herons. First, the males coloration is quite unique. They are also generally stockier than other herons.
|Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron with yellowish tinge to the bill|
Yellow-crowned juveniles are also a bit darker, but that can be hard to judge without having them side-by-side for comparison.
From a photographic perspective, these herons are great subjects, however their red eyes often look 'empty' with no sign of the pupils. Probably some sort of red-eye effect like in humans, but since their eyes are already red, the pupils just wash out with the rest of the eye.