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Tricolored Heron

Here are a few more Tricolored Heron images from last month when I saw so many.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

This one wasn’t having much luck with his fishing but made nice water ripples and I liked the intersection of his beak with the reeds.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

The patient standing pose is common among the bigger herons and I often see the Great Blue Heron standing out in the open like this. The Tricolored Herons don’t seem to do it as often, tending to stick to the pond edges.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron Trio

Tricolored Herons were dotted all around a small pond last week at Bear Island WMA.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Most of them were sticking to the edges of the water, but these three were interested in hanging out in a group of bushes and kept swapping spots.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

The one on the left had briefly flown off and returned with his pals intently watching his landing.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

The marsh grasses have taken on a variety of hues as the summer progresses, perhaps those greens looking a bit fake.

Tricolored Herons
Tricolored Herons

Tricolored Heron

There were a couple dozen Tricolored Herons dotting the sides of the canal that opened into a small pond.  Some of them relocated as I approached.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

Patient hunters, the Tricolored Herons will stare at the water a long time. This one had just stabbed the water for a fish creating a ripple.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron Hunting

As I walked further down the dike this one flew right over me, checking me out as he went.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

Tricorlored Heron Dance Steps

I’ve documented the Tricorlored Heron Dance before, most recently just about a year ago. Today’s heron was in a pond that was draining on the opposite side of a small dike from last year’s post.

Tricorlored Heron
Tricorlored Heron

These herons go from standing completely still to few skips across the water.

Tricorlored Heron Dance
Tricorlored Heron Dance

This time he completely lifted off.

Tricorlored Heron Dance
Tricorlored Heron Dance

Then in a matter of seconds was stock still again.

Tricorlored Heron
Tricorlored Heron

The water was jumping with little fish that the heron seemed to be following but he didn’t make any selections.

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