Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 27, 2016

A Yellow-crowned Night Heron near San Blas, Mexico

A Yellow-crowned Night Heron deep near San Blas, Mexico
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, mangrove swamp, san blas, nayarit, mexico, pic 19

When Bob and I visited San Blas on the Pacific coast of Mexico, our objective was to see some of the endemic bird species as well as others that winter in that southern locale.  We had seen a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron in our hometown of Toronto a couple of years earlier.  As we cruised through the mangrove jungle on our guided tour, closeup views of these rather elegant birds were fairly frequent.

mangrove swamp, san blas, nayarit, mexico, pic 2

Venturing into the mangrove swamps in search of wildlife was exciting.  The waterway through the swamp was at times hemmed in on both sides by dense vegetation and mangrove roots making it difficult to spot birds,

Yellow-crowned Night Heron 2, mangrove swamp, san blas, nayarit, mexico

but by keeping a keen look out both in the foliage and on the shadowed bank, it was possible to find many different species such as this Yellow-crowned Night Heron in the center of the photo.  These herons forage for food day and night, so this individual was probably on the hunt for some crustacean or a turtle to fulfill its appetite.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1, mangrove swamp, san blas, nayarit, mexico

Coastal populations of these birds prefer the habitat provided by mangrove swamps, whereas the individual that was summering in Toronto was found at a lakeside pond.

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A Yellow-crowned Night Heron deep in the San Blas swamp


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