The picture of this very pretty juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron was photographed at Big John’s Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York. The photograph of this Yellow-crowned Night-heron was taken with the Canon 5D Mark III Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II with the 2X extender.
The American Black Duck has suffered somewhat from the introduction of captive-raised Mallards into its breeding range. The species hybridize (interbreed), and the Mallard may take over some breeding spots from the black duck. The picture of this American Black Duck coming in for a landing was taken at Big Johns Pond in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York.