Tricolored Heron

Gatorland in Early April

April 23, 2016 -  All the species were there: Great Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Anhingas, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Cattle Egrets.... The Tricolored Heron adults were also sporting their breeding colors with those crazy hairstyles.... Read more

Tricolored Heron

A Morning at the Farm

May 15, 2012 - It's prime nesting season at the rookery now.  The Great Egret chicks are pretty big.  Tiny Tricolored Herons and Snowy Egrets are beginning to hatch.  There are more Roseate Spoonbill nests than ever before.  Everywhere you look, there are birds!... Read more

Productive Morning at the Viera Click Ponds

July 23, 2011 - Bird Species List: (36 total): American Avocet, American Coot, Anhinga, Black Vulture, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Black-necked Stilt, Boat-tailed Grackle, Cattle Egret, Common Moorhen, European Starling, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Greater Yellowlegs, Green Heron, Killdeer, Least Bittern, Least Sandpiper, Least Tern, Lesser Yellowlegs, Limpkin, Mottled…... Read more

Cloudy Morning at the Alligator Farm

June 25, 2011 - Juvenile Spoonbill head shot Michael and I must have spent half our time at the rookery watching this one nest of Tricolored Herons.  There was one tiny chick, so ugly that he was adorable.  Those little guys really look like they are having a bad hair day when they are…... Read more

Incredible Morning at the Alligator Farm Rookery

May 14, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm's bird rookery.  It's right at peak season and the rookery, and the activity is awesome!  Some Great Egrets are still building nests, others have tiny babies, and still more have fledglings who know how to leave the nest but still haven't figured out how to feed themselves. …... Read more

Pebble Ridge Pond

March 24, 2011 - Rich likes to tease me about the JSW, the "Jess Standard Walk," which always includes a walk past the Pebble Ridge pond.  A Tricolored Heron has been hanging out there a lot in the last few weeks.  We also see him by the pond at the back of Spinnaker Cove....…... Read more

Quiet Morning at Fort De Soto

March 12, 2011 - Great Egret I went back to the North Beach and looked for warblers in the picnic area.  I didn't see one.    I went up the lagoon again, hoping that the Reddish Egret might have changed his mind about being antisocial.  He hadn't.  But I did find a pretty Tricolored…... Read more

Happy Hallo-wren at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 1, 2010 - I turned around and saw this Tricolored Heron fishing at one of the culverts.... Tricolored Heron Hundreds of Anhingas and Double-Crested Cormorants flew overhead as they left their night roosting trees and took over off the marsh.... Baby Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher,…... Read more

Migrants Making their Way to Circle B

August 28, 2010 - Pied-Bellied Grebe The usual Snowy Egret and Tricolored Herons were at the culverts, which were overflowing with water.  The marsh water levels were so high today, after all the rain this week.... Tricolored Heron We looked up and saw some Laughing Gulls flying overhead.  Then we saw some more.  Overall…... Read more

Fledglings are Starting to Leave Gatorland’s Bird Rookery

July 10, 2010 - Great Egret juvenile There were tiny babies in one Tricolored Heron nest, and I glimpsed them just before Mommy sat back down to brood them.  I liked this quick shot of both babies peeking out from under Mama: Tricolored Heron babies The alligators kept splashing unexpectedly, disconcerting the photographers and…... Read more

Cloudy, Breezy Days are Great for Bird-Watching at Gatorland’s Bird Rookery

July 3, 2010 - This Tricolored Heron fledgling ventured out onto this branch and then watched as other fledglings flew over him.... Tricolored Heron fledgling The trees were covered in fledging Cattle Egrets.... Tricolored Heron feeding I wish I had used a faster shutter speed to freeze the action, but I guess there is…... Read more

Birds and Babies and Alligators, Oh my!

June 27, 2010 - Black-necked Stilts A Tricolored Heron posed for us on Wading Bird Way, too.  We get our best great morning light shots down there!... Tricolored Heron There were more Common Moorhen babies on the way back on Marsh Rabbit Run.  They posed so nicely in the bright sunlight, and I couldn't…... Read more

Editing Experiment

June 19, 2010 - I went to print one of my favorite rookery pictures from this spring, and it bothered me that the background clutter detracted so much from the portrait of the mother and baby Tricolored Heron.  I love the way the baby is peeking out from under Mama, but it was easy…... Read more

Spoonbills and baby birds at St. Augustine Rookery

May 8, 2010 - ...After hearing about all the roosting roseate spoonbills at the St. Augustine Farm Bird Rookery, Dyeyo and I decided that it would be worth the three hour drive to go see the spoonbill nests. When you first enter the rookery, you are on a boardwalk in between several large oak trees.  In the tops of […] Read more

Baby Sand Hill Crane!

April 3, 2010 - Osprey nest At the corner of Marsh Rabbit Run and Wading Bird Way, this tricolored heron sat patiently fishing for his breakfast.   He'd sit ever so still, watching, and then pluck his beak down into the water and come up with a nice tasty little fish.  Dyeyo says that he's…... Read more

Our first visit to the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 8, 2009 - ...After hearing about the Circle B Bar Reserve from people in the Sierra Club, Dyeyo, Rich, and I decided that we needed to check it out.  Boy were we surprised!  People were not kidding when they said it is a wonderful place for birds.  It’s a protected reserve in Polk County, and there are paths […] Read more

Baby Birds at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Bird Rookery

May 1, 2009 - Bird Nests and Photographers (Look at those Lenses!!) Great Egret Mommy and Babies Little Great Egrets Great Egret Feeding Baby Great Egret Babies Great Egret Babies Tricolored Heron on Nest Snowy Egret Wood Storks Cattle Egret There were some other birds at the zoo as well, much more colorful, but…... Read more