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Tricolored Heron and Aligator

The majority of the water has been let out of one of the rice field ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in advance of some repairs to be made on the back dike. This has left a mud flat that is very attractive to the wading birds.

Tricolored Heron and Alligator
Tricolored Heron and Alligator

From a distance I thought the other creature was a stick but I could clearly see the eyes of a small Alligator as I got closer.

Tricolored Heron and Alligator
Tricolored Heron and Alligator

The last image is focused on the Alligator, that was content to hold that spot while the Tricolored Heron hunted behind him.

Tricolored Heron and Alligator
Tricolored Heron and Alligator

Tricorlored Heron

A few Tricorlored Herons had tucked down into a canal, away from the fray of the other birds. This one wasn’t even hunting, just soaking up the morning sun.

Tricorlored Heron
Tricorlored Heron

In a little more open area another Tricolored Heron was hunting, creating rings in the water as he walked slowly along.

Tricorlored Heron
Tricorlored Heron

Meanwhile, while I was watching number two, Heron number one had moved out away from the bank a bit but was still in the same stance. I missed what had caused him to move.

Tricorlored Heron
Tricorlored Heron

Tricolored Heron

A Tricolored Heron was perched on one of the wooden trunks along an old rice field dike. I think he was waiting on the sun, as was I, but we were to be  disappointed until later in the morning.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron on Rice Field Trunk

When the sun did pop out I saw another Tricolored Heron doing a fly by.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

These small herons are more apt to erratically fly in my experience, darting into the reeds or chasing each other. This one had somewhere else to get to and went by with a smooth, steady flight.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

The Director’s Pose: Bird Style

The large egrets and herons make dramatic water landings that include looking a bit as if they are conducting a musical group.

Great Egret Wings Spread for Landing
Great Egret Wings Spread for Landing

The Great Blue Herons especially seem to easily maintain their balance and smoothly tuck their wings into position.

Great Blue Heron Wings Spread for Landing
Great Blue Heron Wings Spread for Landing

The Tri-colored Heron completes his landing with a little less elegance, his wing tip feathers working just a little harder for some reason.

Tri-colored Heron Wings Spread for Landing
Tri-colored Heron Wings Spread for Landing

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, just after sunrise, July 15, 2018.

Lining the Banks

Wading birds and alligators gathered along this marsh inlet as the tide was going out.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators

The Snowy Egrets changed position frequently, they seem happiest when flapping around. The other egrets and herons tended to stick to their claimed spot, even as the alligators passed by.

Wading Birds Lining the Shore
Wading Birds Lining the Shore

Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron,  and White Ibis shared the banks.

Tricolored Heron Following the Fish

This Tricolored Heron was patiently following some small fish up the inlet. Stepping forward slowly, slowly.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank

Yes, he got a very tiny fish! It looks a little bigger in his shadow, but still hardly seemed worth the time he put in.

Tricolored Heron with Fish
Tricolored Heron with Fish

The school of small fish inched along, too.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank

The heron kept following, but got further from the water, for a different vantage point.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank

The bank is very steep and the late afternoon sun highlighted some interesting layers of color in the dirt.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank