Night-Herons and other nocturnal birding in southern Florida

Alex LamoreauxTrip Reports3 Comments

If we weren’t too exhausted from full days of birding, my friends and I tried to search for snakes, lizards, frogs, and any other herps would could find after dark during our 10 day trip through Florida. It was often too cold or too windy to really find much of anything, but we did come across quite a few birds while we were out wandering around in the dark. One evening, while we were searching for herps around the Flamingo marina in the Everglades, we had a really great time (eBird list) with an Eastern Screech-Owl and a Barred Owl calling in the distance, while a Black-crowned Night-Heron was foraging around the docks at the marina. We also found a Laughing Gull and an injured Common Loon nearby. Two nights later, when we made it down onto the keys and to our friend Mark’s house, a ‘Great White” Heron and an adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron welcomed us, as they foraged in the shallow water near the road (eBird list). Obviously it is well-known that night-herons do most of their foraging at night, but it was really neat to see the ‘Great White’ Heron out too.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Big Pine Key, Florida. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Big Pine Key, Florida. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

'Great White' Heron on Big Pine Key, Florida. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

‘Great White’ Heron on Big Pine Key, Florida. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Black-crowned Night-Heron hunting for fish around the marina at Flamingo. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Black-crowned Night-Heron hunting for fish around the marina at Flamingo. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

An injured Common Loon that we found in Flamingo. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

An injured Common Loon that we found in Flamingo. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

A Laughing Gull at the Flamingo marina. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

A Laughing Gull at the Flamingo marina. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

  • I love the water reflections on the the herons.

  • Great post! Enjoyed these night views!

  • Gregg L. Friedman MD

    Great Article and photos. Thanks for posting it. 5 Stars. By Gregg L. Friedman MD