Sunset Dining

Yesterday evening, just at sunset, I was watching this juvenile yellow-crowned night heron stalking the edge of the marsh pond in search of the tasty little crabs that are such a favored menu item for them. This youngster was such a patient hunter and, as the sun began to set, I had just about given up seeing him catch anything and I decided to leave.

But, as I was walking away, I glanced back just in time to see the wily young night heron walking back up onto the rocks with a crab he had just plucked from the marsh! It turns out we were both rewarded for our patience.

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron

58 thoughts on “Sunset Dining

  1. I didn’t know whether to smile or grimace! 🙂 Mr. Night Heron has definitely made it to my cute list. That poor little crab is doing is best to escape. I think he probably became a snack though! 🙂 Love those head feathers on the herons.

    • Oh these youngsters are super cute! And this guy did not care one bit that I was around watching him, he just stayed focused on the task at hand which was catching crabs. It’s funny too how they eat the crabs. Unlike the ibis who will dismantle a crab and eat it piece by piece, these little night herons wolf them down whole.

    • Good point and you are correct! I suspect this youngster is not up on the latest regulations and is following the alligators whose policy is always… Chomp now, worry later.

  2. Just can’t beat the combination of great photos, coastal sunsets, and crustaceans for dinner – well, maybe a little wine might improve it – but not by much and certainly none for the youngster!

  3. I personally think he snatched that crab because he sensed you were leaving. He didn’t want to disappoint. Those bright red eyes are amazing, esp. up close in the last two shots. Or is that a serious case of bloodshot? 🙄

    • Maybe he felt bad because his audience was leaving and he decided he needed to snap up the show a bit.
      They really do have those huge red/orange eye on a cute bobble head. Funny birds.

  4. The sun never sets on a hungry heron….This little one’s perseverance is admirable!
    Thanks for sharing your great close-ups, Phil.

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