The mysterious Black-Crowned Night Heron is an unusual looking creature that is rare to come across.
I know it doesn't-- but it occurs to me: Does this bird have a little penguin in it???
Notice the white plumes on the above left heron. The male and female aduts are considered identical as far as appearance from a distance.
This bird does its feeding at night, thus the "night" part of its name. During the day, they can be seen and seem active only when flying away from me and my camera!
Another interesting thing about the Black-Crowned Night Heron is how the young ones or juveniles look so much differently than their parents. They do share the red eyes (above). They go through some major transformation to eventually take on the black and white look of the adult.
The juvenile (below) resembles the American Bittern. But the different eye color helps differentiate the two.
Black-Crowned Night Herons- for more about this cool customer, see WhatBird.com