The yellow-crowned night heron in breeding plumage shines brightly in the sun! What a beautiful bird. And when they have babies, the young kids are so funny looking (Melody Andres, a fantastic photographer, calls them Einsteins). The first YCNH I saw was in Central Park, but now I've seen them on Governors Island (with kids in the nest), Marine Park (eating fiddler crabs like popcorn), and Jamaica Bay as well. They love crabs and other crustaceans.

These photos were taken near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on May 15, 2019.

Yellow-crowned night heron, Turtle Pond, Central Park, May 14, 2019

Yellow-crowned night heron, Turtle Pond, Central Park, May 14, 2019

YCNH, Turtle Pond, Central Park, May 14, 2019

YCNH, Turtle Pond, Central Park, May 14, 2019

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Yellow-crowned night heron at Jamaica Bay, April 24, 2018

Yellow-crowned night heron at Jamaica Bay, April 24, 2018

Einsteins on Governors Island

Governors Island has been the home of a nest of yellow-crowned night herons for the last two years. In 2017, the nest moved to across from the Harbor School.

Yellow-crowned night heron youngster, Governors Island, Aug. 6, 2017

Yellow-crowned night heron youngster, Governors Island, Aug. 6, 2017