In the first post for this series 11 days ago, I posted pictures of a Yellow-crowned Night Heron tending to her five eggs. Yesterday, I went back there and saw that the eggs have become young chicks covered with down, barely able to stand up. There were about twenty photographers gathered on the sidewalk above the nest, all vying to take pictures of the herons.
As I got there, the male heron had just landed with a twig in his beak. The female will take it and add it to the nest.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron arriving with twig.
Female taking twig from male.
Female adding twig to nest.
There were five eggs, but I only see three chicks. I wonder what happened.
Female and chicks.
Mother heron proceeded to feed the chicks.
Female feeding chicks.
Afterwards, she spread out her wings to shield her children from the hot sun. She kept her eyes closed, perhaps taking a well-deserved nap.
Female shielding chicks from sun.
Following are pictures of the Ocean City Welcome Center and the bird paparazzi.
Ocean City Welcome Center.