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Herons at Ding Darling

Tri-colored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Little Blue Herons

Little Blue Herons

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

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!

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Yellow-capped Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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Comments on: "Herons at Ding Darling" (10)

  1. i get the yellow-crowned night-herons here on occasion, but never the tri-color or little blue!

    • Hi Theresa, That Yellow-crowned Night Heron seemed quite shy. So glad you get to see these. There were lots of Tri’s around at Ding Darling and a flock of the Little Blues in that lagoon (very far from the observation area so glad I had that long lens). Have a wonderful coming week and stay warm!

    • Hi Theresa, For some unknown reason, Blogger is not playing nicely with WordPress Open I.D. tonight and I can’t post a comment on your blog. I wanted to compliment you on your Turkey Vultures. Wildlifewatcher.

  2. Beautiful herons… Not sure I’ve seen a Yellow-crowned Night one…

    Sanibel is a neat place… We’d love to go back. The unique shells there are so much fun to search.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, I did the “Sanibel stoop”. I did not go into the Gulf water because it was only 62-64 degrees outside and was windy and drizzly. We spent the AM at the refuge and had done a lot of hiking just before we hit the beach for shelling. Only spent about 20 min. on the beach – hubby was ready to go back to our hotel in Ft. Myers. Have a pleasant day tomorrow!

  3. Great variety of herons and egrets. Thanks for sharing more of your Ding Darling visit. Have a great evening and week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, Glad you like the pictures. I will be sharing a few more on various coming posts but will get back to my own neighborhood’s critters in posts soon. On the way home from Ft. Myers I saw a Wood Stork and several San Hill Cranes just North of Tampa. Also saw some Glossy Ibises between Ft. Myers and Tampa on the Tamiami Trail road. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

  4. That’s a handsome Tricolored Heron- haven’t seen one here in Ohio!

    • Hi Seasons, I saw probably nine or ten Tri-colored Herons that day at Ding Darling and managed to get really close-up views as the birds were very close to the trail or observation towers. Have a happy weekend!

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