March 16th 2003
This beautiful creature
was photographed
in Green Lake
Kapoho , Hawaii.
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Black-crowned Night-Heron
Scientific name: Nycticorax nycticoras
Family: Ardeidae
Order: Ciconiformes
Class: Aves

In the Hawaiian Islands,
the ‘Auku’u can be found in
all coastal wetlands
The Black-Crowned Night Heron
indigenous to Hawaii
However, it's not endemic,
because the local bird isn't different
enough from its mainland cousins
to meet that classification.





Typically solitary when foraging,
the Black-crowned Night-Heron
is most often observed at dawn, dusk,
and on cloudy days.
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons
have distinct immature plumages
and attain full breeding plumage
in their third year.
Virtually worldwide in distribution,
it breeds from the northern United States
and southern Canada south to Hawaii,
Peru, and Argentina.





This swamp/marsh birds Wingspan
can be almost four feet across.
It is a large, reclusive species
Young Herons have an aggressive,
regurgitating reaction to discourage intruders.
Which we were unaware of
as we lay on our raft snapping these photos.





The ‘Auku’u is an attractive
bird to watch.
However they are hard to spot
when resting or waiting
to catch their next prey
They look like dark silhouettes
as they fly with steady
beats of their broad wings.








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