Black-crowned Night-Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-crowned Night-Heron in flight

Spring is coming, and the Black-crowned Night-Herons will be returning from their wintering home.  The Black-crowned Night-Heron is found throughout the world, except Australia and Antarctica along with the coldest regions of the rest of the world.  They are named Night Herons, because of their feeding habits, feeding mainly at night or in the early morning.  Their prey consists of small fish, crustaceans, frogs, small mammals and small birds.  Rather than stocking their prey like some of the other wading birds, the night herons stand still at the waters edge and wait to ambush prey.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Looking for prey

A great spot to observe Black-crowned Night-Herons, is Jenney pond in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  They are almost always found there and breed in the area and raise their young on the pond.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron In flight

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