Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage

Tricolored Heron Breeding Plumage

Tricolored Herons were nesting at St. Augustine Alligator Farm at the end of April. They build their nests all over the boardwalk area and are easily viewed.

Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage
Napping Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage

This was my first time seeing one with the full breeding head plumage up.

Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage
Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage

The intense blue on the beak rivals that of a Little Blue Heron.

Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage
Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park hosts a wading bird rookery that formed on its own over the Alligator Swamp. Alligators provide protection from tree-climbing predators.

7 thoughts on “Tricolored Heron Breeding Plumage”

  1. Your photos are superb and I love that first one!!!!!!! God never fails to amaze in giving us diversity to be awestruck by.

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