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Trio of Tricolored Heron Chicks

I stopped by their nest again about an hour and half the after the images from my post Tricolored Heron Chicks Being Fed

The chicks were awake and looking around.

Three Tricolored Heron Chicks
Three Tricolored Heron Chicks

And one was quite curious!

Three Tricolored Heron Chicks
Three Tricolored Heron Chicks

The sticks you can see were about the extent of the nest, with not much to hold them in.

Three Tricolored Heron Chicks
Three Tricolored Heron Chicks

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Florida
April 29, 2021

Tricolored Heron Chicks Being Fed

I missed the adult’s arrival back at the nest but this trio of Tricolored Heron chicks was quick to prompt the parent to produce food.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

Like many of the herons the parents regurgitate what they have caught to feed their offspring.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

The biting/snapping/pulling of the chicks seems to have some stimulating action on the process. No worries, no images of the actual food here today.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

The squawking may just be for show, and always seems to state I Want More!

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks

When the delivery is over the adult quickly gets out of reach. It’s a wonder any of them come out of this with their eyes intact.

Tricolored Heron Adult Feeding Three Chicks
ThreeTricolored Heron Chicks – Dinner is Over

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Florida
April 29, 2021

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.

Tricolored Heron Fishing on the Fly

These images show off the behavior better than the bird.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

I had never seen a Tricolored Heron fish while flying.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

He repeated this several times and dragging his feet in the water was part of the routine, perhaps to startle fish into moving.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

You can just see his tiny catch hanging out of his beak.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing