We were out on the pontoon slowly working our way along the edge of the marsh when this immature black crowned night heron took flight.
We had good birds today, bald eagle, great blue heron,green backed heron, swamp sparrow, lots of king birds, cedar waxwings, northern harrier,one red winged blackbird,cormorants, wood ducks and more.
Young Black-crowned Night-Herons leave the nest at the age of 1 month but cannot fly until they are 6 weeks old. They move through the vegetation on foot, joining up in foraging flocks at night.
The oldest Black-crowned Night-Heron on record was 21 years, 1 month old.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.