Black-crowned Night-heron caught a large fish

on 11th September 2018

The Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) is an opportunistic feeder taking a variety of foods like fish, frogs, snakes, lizards, rodents, etc.

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Like most herons, the Black-crowned Night-heron often catches large prey, especially fish, as in this case. As it swallows its prey whole, it will have to spend much time dealing with it before finally swallowing it.

Non-digested parts like bones, scales, etc. are subsequently expelled in the form of pellets. Thus when encountering a heron with prey, it would be rewarding to spend time monitoring it after it feeds to catch it casting pellets – see HERE and HERE.

MeiLin Khoo
30th August 2018

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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