Spring Break 2018: The Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax, the Black-crowned night heron;
Monroe county, Florida (16 March 2018).
Series: Spring Break 2018.

Ranging throughout much of North and Central America, the Black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, is a relatively small heron species. Though quite common, they’re not as easily or often seen compared to other heron species. They spend much of the day hidden somewhat beneath foliage near or above water. Though typically more active in the evening hours, during our trip south we saw tons of Black-crowned night herons out and about during the day — especially during the morning hours. Perhaps this is more typical of the early spring in South Florida? I’m not sure, but I do know I’ve never seen so many Black-crowned night herons active and obviously visible during the daylight hours. It was really something.

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