Category Archives: Wading Birds

Tricolored Heron Breakfast

It was another one of those mornings when the sun stubbornly stayed behind a bank of low clouds.

Tricolored Heron in Reeds
Tricolored Heron in Reeds

So the light wasn’t great but I was surrounded by wading birds. This Tricolored Heron was working on acquiring breakfast.

Tricolored Heron in Reeds
Tricolored Heron in Reeds

Stealthily and slowly he worked his way into the open water.

Tricolored Heron with Breakfast
Tricolored Heron with Breakfast

And was rewarded with a very small morsel.

Tricolored Heron with Breakfast
Tricolored Heron with Breakfast

Great Blue Herons Tucked in the Grass

It was a morning for Great Blue Herons to stay tucked into the grass, not quite hiding. In this first image the heron is standing in a tidal creek, the sun had just come up but was behind a low bank of clouds.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass

The second one I spotted was on the edge of a canal around one of the old rice fields.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass

A little later on the sun became brighter, highlighting the change in color in the grass around this pond from green to autumn browns and golds. Wading birds often gather on the edges of these hillocks of marsh grass, uncaring about the passing Alligators.

Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass
Great Blue Heron at Edge of Grass, Alligators moving on by

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
October 2, 2020

Green Heron, On The Hunt

I’ve often spotted a Green Heron in this patch of reeds; a walking path winds along the edge of a pond providing an interesting, if dark, view of their hunting behavior.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

These herons don’t have any problem snagging a snack from this duckweed covered water.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what’s lurking around below the surface.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

Here’s a wider view of this Green Heron’s hunting territory. Beyond these reeds the water opens up into a pond.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting