Saturday, August 10 2019

Lobster Claw Plant

The Lobster Claw Plant (Heliconia rostrata) has large, brightly colored bracts that cluster up a stem. Also called parrot flower and also has tiny flowers covered by the showy bracts. It’s not native to Florida, it’s from Central and South America but grows well in SWFL. Naturally they can grow to 15 feet but in landscapes probably only reached 3 to 6 feet tall.

Friday, August 2 2019

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is one of two species of night herons found South Florida, the other one being the black-crowned night heron. The face appear striped in a horizontal black-white-black-white pattern. Long, thin, white feathers grow to the back of the crown during mating season. The bill, also black, is thick and deeply set under the eyes which are dark orange or red.

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Monday, July 22 2019

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron has a smooth purple-gray coloring, sharp black and white face, and long yellow plumes. They forage at all hours of the day and night, stalking crustaceans in shallow wetlands and wet fields. Their diet leans heavily on crabs and crayfish, which they catch with a lunge and shake apart, or swallow whole. They’re most common in coastal marshes, barrier islands, and mangroves, but their range extends inland as far as the Midwest.

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