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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron With Crayfish

July 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have been photographing several Yellow-crowned Night-Herons on just about every trip to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma for the past couple of months. They have been in an area that is called Miner's Cove. This area is full of Crayfish.

I can count on seeing this one Yellow-crowned Night-Heron being in the same spot next to the road. I have arrived at this spot just at daylight and wait for the Heron to show up. I may have to sit in my pickup for an hour waiting for enough light so that I can get some photos of this bird catching Crayfish. The wait is not bad at all because the Heron is catching and eating Crayfish.

It is amazing how much they will catch and eat. I have never taken the time to count, but should try one of these days.

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Here is a photo I posted back in June of a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in this same area: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Tossing Crayfish

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Facts

  • Various classifications recognize five subspecies, but little is known as to how much they are inter-graded together and how much their geographic range varies.
  • Their body size decreases from north to south, and the shape of their bills varies geographically, depending on the size of the crustaceans they eat in different regions.
  • Unlike the Black-crowned Night-Heron, the Yellow-crowned does not mind living near humans and can be found in wooded neighborhoods, nesting on rooftops and driveways. Such cohabitation may not go smoothly and can create conflicts with humans.
  • The most common call of the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is a loud, sharp and quick squawk that the bird gives shortly after taking off or uses as an alarm call or an aggression call.
  • 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. (Wikipedia)



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