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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday's Foto

Feeding primarily on crustaceans, this Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was seen at Brooklyn's Plum Beach, where fiddler crabs are abundant. New York City and Long Island are at the Northern-most edge of this specie's breeding range. The first nesting Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in New York State were reported in Massapequa, Nassau County in 1938 by naturalist and photographer Allan D. Cruickshank.Though this specie's conservation status is listed as "Least Concern", its reliance on coastal wetland habitats make it vulnerable in many populated areas, such as New York.

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