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Tricolored Heron In Flight

It was a treat to see this Tricolored Heron fly by me rather slowly and in a straight line.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

I more often see them in something of a panic mode, flapping and squawking.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

The squawking can be fun to photograph but is often accompanied by erratic flying, which is not so easy to catch.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

These were taken in early January when the marsh reeds and grass were just brown.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

January 3, 2021

Snowy Egret Flying By

The low water in this section of a rice field pond had attracted a small flock of wading birds to feed in a channel.

Snowy Egret Flying, Tricolored Heron Standing
Snowy Egret Flying, Tricolored Heron Standing

As usual, one Snowy Egret was zipping around instead of feeding like the others.

Snowy Egret Flying Past A Strutting Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret Flying Past A Strutting Snowy Egret

He flew past a group of three…

Snowy Egret Flying Past Three Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egret Flying Past Three Snowy Egrets

kept on going…

Snowy Egret Flying
Snowy Egret Flying

Then dropped into a group of two.

Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egrets

It was a grey day with the Snowy Egrets’ feet and eye patches providing the only bit of color.

Tricolored Heron On The Hunt

Tricolored Herons have an enthusiastic way of hunting, throwing their whole body into the effort.

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

This was a classic display, stretching out over the water, then pulling back to change the view.

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

Then nab!

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

As I’ve often seen, his catch was tiny, so you know he’ll need to keep at it.

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

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

Tricolored Heron, On The Hunt

Tricolored Herons are some of the more exuberant wading birds when they are hunting.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

No standing around staring at the water for them. Pacing back and forth, with quick u-turns, highlight their hunting method.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Throw in some low stealthy behavior…

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

ready to pounce …

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

It’s a lot of work and doesn’t always result in even a snack. At least while the photographer is watching.

Tricolored Heron in Pond

Just a few feet away from the Mottled Ducks of my last post a Tricolored Heron was standing around.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He poked the water a few times and made some ripples but he didn’t seem to be actively fishing.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He settled in and I moved on.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

A wider view of the pond and the wildlife:

Mottled Duck Pair and Tricolored Heron
Mottled Duck Pair and Tricolored Heron

Baily Tract, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 6, 2020