I surprised this bird on the path to the Indian River Lagoon at Chastain Beach this morning. I think it’s a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
Audubon.org: Learn to Identify and Differentiate Night-Herons
Don’t panic: There are only two.
Night heron getting its stalk on.
It caught a crab!
And ate it whole!
After I took pictures and the bird stalked off into the woods, I got my dog Radar out of the car to swim in the calm lagoon waters. We had a nice walk and ball-throw on the ocean beach, but it was too rough to safely swim. And it just wouldn’t be our typical morning routine if I didn’t bring him home sandy and soaking wet. Must do something about my car today!
Pelicans are such a combination of noble and goofy.