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Yesterday I went back to Ocean City Welcome Center to check on the Night Herons, both Yellow-Crowned and Black-Crowned kinds. They now have eggs, and this was the first time I was able to photograph bird eggs in their nests.

Yellow-Croned Night Heron eggs. The parents left them untended for about a minute.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron eggs. The parents left them untended for about a minute.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron re-arranging nest.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron re-arranging nest.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron adding another branch to nest.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron breaking another branch to add to nest.

Black-Crowned Night Heron with eggs.

Black-Crowned Night Heron with eggs.

Black-Crowned Night Heron with eggs.

Black-Crowned Night Heron with eggs.

In case your are wondering, here’s a picture of Ocean City Welcome Center.

Ocean City Welcome Center.

Ocean City Welcome Center.

And here’s a shot of the place from where I’ve been photographing the Night Herons.

Observation railing at Ocean City Welcome Center.

Observation railing at Ocean City Welcome Center. Two photographers are in the picture, one at the railing, and another walking in the shadows on a path below.

Finally, a photo of a Night Heron incubating.

Yellow-Crowned Nght Heron incubating.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron incubating.

Incubation lasts up to 25 days, so next week, there may be new hatchlings.

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