Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron were among the gorgeous large birds that I saw last week at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.
These herons like this protected shallow Mangrove salt water marsh and lagoon. These herons eat shrimp, fish, and other smaller (largely aquatic) animals. I took these pictures on Jan. 29, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!