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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

Tricolored Heron On The Hunt

A Tricolored Heron  made a grand entrance, landing on the edge of a canal that runs along the edge of a marsh.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He immediately started patrolling the water, looking for lunch.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Alas, this was just a piece of grass, not the hoped for fish.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Undaunted, he reversed direction and continued the hunt.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

November 27, 2019

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