Florida, Know Your Birds: Black Crowned Night Heron

The black crowned night heron is a very familiar bird in Southwest Florida. This heron nests around the swampy waters and hunts at dusk in inland lakes and pond. In the Southwest Florida area they are common, especially at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve.

The white bird with blue wings and a black or blue crown often has distinctive red eyes. According to the Audubon Society, the black crowned night heron nests on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Most often they can be seen hunting alone perched on low branches as the evening fades.

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