Tag Archives: Tricolored Heron

Standing On The Trunk

Another wooden trunk between some old rice fields, this one controls the flow of water from the canal in the foreground to the impoundment behind that dike. This set of trunks was replaced last year and only this side has the full pivoting door mechanism.

Grackle, Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Tricolored Heron on Rice Field Trunk
Grackle, Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Tricolored Heron on Rice Field Trunk

I knelt down to get the next image, where you can see open water in the impoundment on the other side.  The grackle and the Tricolored Heron had moved on and the juvenile night heron took that opportunity to claim a post.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Tricolored Heron Showing How It Is Done: Fishing on the Fly

This wooden trunk is the conduit for the canal water under the road between some old rice field impoundments, not far from where Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk
Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk

Just before I took this series the Tricolored Heron nabbed a fish then landed back on the trunk support.

Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk
Tricolored Heron Standing In Rice Field Trunk

I waited, and waited then finally!

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

All that skittering on the water surface is from fish trying not to be lunch.

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

Unfortunately he flew close to the canal edge and I couldn’t get out far enough to keep the grass from interfering with my shot.

Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly
Tricolored Heron Standing Fishing On The Fly

This time the heron kept flying down the canal with his catch.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Follow The Leader: Roseate Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron

Note: this post was supposed to get published this morning before “King of the Hill” and for some unknown reason is marked “Missed Schedule.” Not sure what is up with that, but here it is … I hope.

Wading birds often take advantage of another bird of their own or a different species leading the way as they feed.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

It can work both ways.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron Following Roseate Spoonbill

The Spoonbill will benefit from the edible morsels that get stirred up by the Heron’s passing by as he sifts the water.

Roseate Spoonbill With Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill With Tricolored Heron

The Heron is looking for larger prey, which also can reveal their position as the birds wade around.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

These two birds stuck together for several minutes until the Spoonbill got distracted by another activity, seen in my next post.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge,  FL
April 12, 2022

Territorial Dispute: Snowy Egret vs Tricolored Heron, Part 2

Now what turned into some beak clacking.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Size isn’t everything, but sometimes it helps.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Finally the Tricolored Heron made a full body move…

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

…pushing the Snowy Egret off his perch.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

The Tricolored Heron got tangled up in the palm fronds for a few seconds, but not apparent damage.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Territorial Dispute: Snowy Egret vs Tricolored Heron, Part 1

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Reddish Egret Session Photobombed

There is no etiquette amongst the wading birds.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Birds just drop in on each other, no announcement necessary.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

You were busy fishing, I’ll share your spot.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by

Maybe just hop a bit further on.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

I don’t know if they actually touched, but it sure was close.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

The Reddish Egret never kept to his path and the Ibis did keep moving. Once the Ibis touched down he didn’t look as big as with his wings out.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis

According to Cornell’s All About Birds, the Glossy Ibis at 19-26 inches(48-66 cm) in length is slightly smaller than the Reddish Egret  at 28-31 inches (70-80 cm).

Black Point Wildlife Drive
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 12, 2022

Feeding Pool: Roseate Spoonbill Dropping In

The arrival of Roseate Spoonbill got my attention  ahead of us in a small pool at the edge of the wildlife drive. Fortunately another came along behind him.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying In
Roseate Spoonbill Flying In

This Spoonbill circled the pond then dropped right in to join the feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying In
Roseate Spoonbill Flying In

The Spoonbill landed at the edge, where Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and a Tricolored Heron were lined up.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying In
Roseate Spoonbill Flying In

Some of the birds were feeding at the edges, and others were dancing across the water

Roseate Spoonbill Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron made a run across the water.

Roseate Spoonbill In, Tricolored Heron Out
Roseate Spoonbill In, Tricolored Heron Out

The Spoonbill immediately started feeding with the tried and true water sifting method.

Roseate Spoonbill Feeding
Roseate Spoonbill Feeding, White Ibis, Gloss Ibis in back ground

Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
January 31, 2022