Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Crab
I watched this Yellow-crowned Night Heron as it fed. It's bill of fare consists of minnows, eels, shrimp and its mainstay, crabs. Smaller crabs are swallowed whole complete with appendages but larger crabs get special and gruesome treatment. First the claws are knocked off against a rock then the shell is crushed in the middle and then its tossed in the air and swallowed whole. If you doubt this check the photographs.
The Unlucky Crab is Nabbed
Down the Hatch
A Job Well Done
The Smaller Crabs are Eaten Whole
Keywords: birds of nova scotia, canada, nova scotia, sambro head salt marsh, yellow-crowned night heron eating crabs
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