Yellow Crowned Night Herons

The Yellow-crowned Night Herons seen "on sentry duty" in the previous article are not often seen perched on posts.

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These further photographs were taken at Stone Harbor at the end of August 2012.

The image on the right shows an adult bird (left) with a Juvenile (right).

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The other two images are adult birds.

The yellow-crowned night heron lives in wooded swamps, fresh and saltwater marshes and thickets.

The female lays three to five eggs on a nest of sticks placed in a tree or sometimes on the ground.

Both the male and female build the nest and incubate the eggs. The eggs hatch in about three weeks.

Both parents care for the chicks and feed them regurgitated food. The chicks fledge when they are about 25 days old.

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