Created 4-Jul-07
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The Yellow-crowned Night Heron
(Nyctanassa violacea)

A very common heron here in NW La during the spring and summer. The most prolific eaters of crawfish you will ever see. They'll catch a crawfish, toss it in the air and GULP.....it's gone!! Then comes that "shake" as the morsel goes down.

They are quite territorial over their feeding area, but quite tolerant at the same time. Perching on a low tree limb or snuggling up in some shoreline foliage seems to be their sunset preference.....but they are out feeding heavily just when the sun rises.

These are some fascinating birds with eyes like a hawk and a true favorite of mine, as I have a fascination with those huge orange eyes.