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Black-crowned Night Herons winter in Mexico and further South, coming North to breed when Spring comes. I was told by a fellow photographer that they migrate to Ocean City, NJ, about 20 miles South of Edwin B Forsythe  National Wildlife Refuge where I usually go.

This morning I went to the Ocean City Welcome Center which opened 3 years ago and is becoming famous for its population of Black-crowned Night Heron. It had snowed the day before, but they were there, about two dozens of them, most perched on tree branches. They were half asleep since they are normally only active at night. I had never seen them until today, so these are my first shots of this kind of heron.

Black-crowned Night Heron at ocean City Welcome Center. Note snow on the ground.

Black-crowned Night Heron at Ocean City Welcome Center. Note snow on the ground.

Black-crowned Night Heron at Ocean City Welcome Center.

Black-crowned Night Heron at Ocean City Welcome Center.

Black-crowned Night Heron at ocean City Welcome Center.

Black-crowned Night Heron at ocean City Welcome Center.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron at Ocean City Welcome Center.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron at Ocean City Welcome Center.

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