The boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius), colloquially known as the boatbill, is an atypical member of the heron family, and was formerly thought to be in a monotypic family, the Coch- learidae. It lives in mangrove swamps from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil. It is a nocturnal bird, and breeds semi- colonially in mangrove trees, laying two to four bluish-white eggs in a twig nest.
Boat-billed herons feed on shrimp and small fish such as Dormitator latifrons, a species of sleeper goby. They tend to forage in vegetative streams, shallow water, and lagoons. When foraging in streams, they use low-hanging branches and mangrove roots to stand over the water. In ponds they will walk slowly through the water up to 10 cm deep or will forage near the water's edge.
In order to capture prey they will lunge at fish or scoop the surface of the water with their bills which are uniquely shaped for this method of capture. Additionally, they have been observed using two different feeding techniques; standing and slowly stalking prey, or disturbing the water and chasing. Photo: Sybil W
I'd like to thank the herons of Circle B for doing their part to reduce the invasive Plecostomus numbers.
I've been away from social media for awhile. When I started this photographic journey, it was all about just getting out in nature, walking and enjoying its beauty. The camera helped me see things in a new way and as I got better I saw more and more. With the camera, I was enjoying these walks even more and encouraged to get out in nature as much as possible. Eventually though, it became more about the photos, always trying to capture more and being more and more critical of my photos. I was starting to miss the reason for being out in nature. I've still been out walking and enjoying the wildlife but didn't even touch the camera for months. It has been a nice break.
In a delicate
February sunset slightly misted by the mist, all the birds return home. Herons
are observed on the branches of the trees in the distance. Photoshoot at
“Yes, I’m looking at you, looking at me, looking at you, looking at me, looking back at you.” — Sammy Hagar
Oh, I love these beautiful herons. I could look at them all day. It’s hard to tell here, but they’re small and dainty. Usually a bit shy and more elusive than other herons. This one is just perfect and I’m sure thinking I’m anything but perfect. 😂🥰💚 #GreenHeron
The Great Blue Heron common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. They can hunt both day and night because they have excellent night vision.