Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Eating Crayfish Video

July 09, 2018  •  1 Comment

I have been photographing several Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I decided to try and show a few of these birds catching and eating crayfish with videos.

The first video I want to share is of a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron catching and eating a crayfish. This bird didn't seem to mind I was around and got close and I was able to get lots of photos and videos.

It takes about three years for Yellow-crowned Night-Herons to acquire the full physical appearance of adults. What surprised me was that this juvenile was very territorial and would chase the other adult's ways from its area.  I read that these birds become very aggressive if another individual approaches when foraging, but will tolerate a safe distance of about ten yards.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Facts

  • The yellow-crowned night heron eats mainly crustaceans (crabs and crayfish) as well as insects, some fish or worms.
  • The yellow-crowned night heron may forage any time of the day and night, although it prefers the night to feed the young.
  • The geographic location of the heron is closely related to the prey it may find, and the size and shape of its bill allow it to hunt for prey of specific size.

 

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Eating Crayfish - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

 


Comments

Elaine Magliacane(non-registered)
Wow... amazing shot... reminded me of the wiggle my cat does before pouncing on something.
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