Motionless in the shadows (well, most of the time)

Rather solitary and secretive, according to Audubon, Yellow-crowned Night Herons are frequently spotted hiding in the Cypress trees surrounding the ‘Alligator Hole’ at our local wetlands at this time of year. Although ‘their range extends inland as far as the Midwest’ U.S.(All About Birds), the Yellow-crowned Night Herons are year-round residents of Florida, nesting and breeding here.

“Night-herons are most frequently encountered at dawn or dusk as they skulk the water’s edge or fly to and from their feeding areas and roosts.” To learn more, you might enjoy the rest of this short piece by The Birdist about how to distinguish this Night Heron from its ‘cousin’, the Black-crowned Night Heron.

21 thoughts on “Motionless in the shadows (well, most of the time)

  1. talk about tranquil beauty!

    On Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 4:02 PM Birder’s Journey wrote:

    > Birder’s Journey posted: ” Rather solitary and secretive, according to > Audubon, Yellow-crowned Night Herons are frequently spotted hiding in the > Cypress trees surrounding the ‘Alligator Hole’ at our local wetlands at > this time of year. Although ‘their range extends inland as f” >

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  2. I think that the YCNH is the quietest of all herons! The only movement you see on that bird is the eyes… You have captured this one so nicely, Carol. ๐Ÿ™‚

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