Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp - click to enlarge

Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp

Based on my sightings I’m thinking the Yellowed-crowned are the Herons that like darker swamps best.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp – click to enlarge

Any other larger birds are hit and miss except these. I almost always find at least one.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp – click to enlarge
Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp – click to enlarge

The trick here is to get an open spot and extra light.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp – click to enlarge

 

10 thoughts on “Yellow-crowned Night Heron In A Swamp”

  1. I can’t help wondering if they have better vision in the darker areas than the other herons do. These seem to have very large pupils. Are their eyes always like this regardless of light level or is the large pupil-size a response to the lower light level?

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    1. Before I got side tracked again I went and did a visual check on the Night Herons. The answer is a yes and no. Of course.

      They do see well in the dark (that I knew but checked on-line). Both the Blacked-crowned and Yellow-crowned species. Hence the night hunting. However, the pupil will perform like any eyes. It’s the yellow / red eye color that makes the dark pupil itself stand out.

      I have many shoots of both types of birds in bright and dark situations here. You can search on just the words Night Heron and see the changing eyes.

      Hope that helps…great to be curious. It’s contagious.

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