Category Archives: Wading Birds

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis in Tree

Glossy Ibis in Tree
Glossy Ibis breed mainly in freshwater marshes, river-edge marshes, but are also commonly observed in brackish and saltwater marshes, mudflats, mangroves, ponds. Glossy Ibis nest colonially on ground, in shrubs, or in trees, often far from feeding areas. Glossy Ibis breed in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Black-crowned Night-heron

Black-crowned Night-heron

Black-crowned Night-heron

Black-crowned Night-heron Portrait

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world. It is most active at dusk and at night, feeding in the same areas that other heron species frequent during the day. This closeup portrait of the Black-crowned Night-heron was taken at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Great Egret in Water

Great Egret in Water in Central Park

Great Egret in Water in Central Park

Great Egret in Water in Central Park

The pristinely white Great Egret gets even more dressed up for the breeding season. A patch of skin on its face turns neon green at the onset of breeding in mature birds as you can see in this picture. Bills of reproductive mature individuals change from dull, streaked yellow to bright orange. Long plumes called aigrettes grow from its back which is not shown on this image.

Glossy Ibis in Flight

Glossy Ibis in Flight with Spring Tree Background

Glossy Ibis in Flight

Glossy Ibis in Flight

I took the picture of this Glossy Ibis flying over Big Johns Pond last Friday at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Although the Glossy Ibis in North America lives primarily along the Atlantic Coast, the Glossy Ibis also can be found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Click below to hear the sound of the Glossy Ibis

Song of the Glossy Ibis

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

ith the CANON 100-400mm lens.

The picture of this skulking Green Heron was taken at Big John’s Pond in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.The picture of this Green Heron was taken with the CANON EOS 7D with the Canon 100-400mm lens.

Great Egret in Flight

Great Egret in Flight

Great Egret in Flight


The picture of this Great Egret in flight with breeding plumage was taken in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York. The picture of this Great Egret was taken with the Canon EOS7D with the 100-400mm lens. I was glad to be able to get this beautiful bird as it was just taking off.