Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Lunging For Crayfish

July 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I was able to get several photos of a male Yellow-crowned Night Heron lunging for a crayfish at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was nice to be able to get a series of photos showing this bird from start to finish. It is amazing to see how far underwater they go to grab a crayfish. I was able to see what this bird was zeroed in on when I first saw it. I could see a ripple in the water so I focused on that area and waited. This Yellow-crowned Night-heron waited for a second ripple before it struck.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Facts:

  • The yellow-crowned night heron eats mainly crustaceans (crabs and crayfish) as well as insects, some fish or worms.
  • It can also feed on lizards, small rodents, and small birds.
  • The yellow-crowned night heron may forage any time of the day and night, although it prefers the night to feed the young.
  • Once close enough, it lunges with its bill and, if it is a small prey, it swallows it whole.
  • Any indigestible material, such as crab shells, is ejected in a pellet.

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 8473-180702Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Under Water - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 8476-180702Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Coming Out Of Water With Crayfish - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 8478-180702Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Struggling With Crayfish - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 8480-180702Yellow-crowned Night-Heron With Crayfish - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma


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