Nocturnal Dude

During my last vacation to Florida, I had the pleasure of seeing and added, a great opportunity to photograph an interesting bird…The Yellow-crowned Night Heron,  this timid bird with a peculiar quiet attitude and a plumage that blends perfectly with the surrounding vegetation, is a great subject for any photographer as many wader birds are. How about if I give you a more detailed information about this bird and you get acquainted.

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), also called the American Night Heron or squawk, is a fairly small heron. It is found throughout a large part of the Americas, especially (but not exclusively) in warmer coastal regions; an example occurrence is the Petenes mangroves of the Yucatan.

A related heron, the Bermuda Night Heron, was endemic to Bermuda, but became extinct following human colonization.

Adults are about  24 in. long and weigh 22 oz. They have a white crown and back with the remainder of the body grayish, red eyes and short yellow legs. They have a white stripe below the eye. Juveniles resemble young Black-crowned Night-Herons, being mainly brown flecked with white or gray.

These birds stalk their prey or wait in ambush at the water’s edge, mainly at night. They mainly eat crustaceans, mollusks, frogs, aquatic insects, and small fish.



Text excerpts © Wikipedia – Photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

Subjects of my Attention

Just to clarify things for my friends, when I go on vacation with my family we enjoy traveling, visiting new places, seeing interesting things and meeting new friends. This of course, includes what is considered by many… work! I’m talking about Photography! Instead, I consider that to be a  pleasant activity, I enjoy using my cameras for any kind of subjects, not only for birds.

Once in a while I’ll add a picture of Tyler to some of my posts. I want him to feel that he’s part of this blog even at his short age. It might be a good idea in the long run.

Here are some pictures that I shot while we were in Florida. I hope you like them!

Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Spec. Name: Nyctanassa Violacea

Formerly placed in the genus Nycticorax, also called the American Night Heron or squawk, is a fairly small heron, similar in appearance to the Black-crowned Night Heron. It is found throughout a large part of the Americas, especially (but not exclusively) in warmer coastal regions; an example occurrence is the Petenes mangroves of the Yucatan.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Adults are about 61 cm long and weigh 625 g. They have a white crown and back with the remainder of the body grayish, red eyes and short yellow legs. They have a white stripe below the eye. Juveniles resemble young Black-crowned Night-Herons, being mainly brown flecked with white or gray.

These birds stalk their prey or wait in ambush at the water’s edge, mainly at night. They mainly eat crustaceans, mollusks, frogs, aquatic insects and small fish.

Photographs are © H.J. Ruiz – “My Backyard Visitors” – Taken near a canal in Sarasota, Florida.

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