These Tri-color Herons were wading along the shore of a small lake in a local park area in The Villages, Florida. This lake is the temporary home of many wading birds of various kinds along with geese and ducks.
The Tri-color Herons are mostly grey with a thin, and slight, deep-reddish area along their neck and shoulders. They also have an ivory-colored area on their undersides with a yellow bill. These large wading birds eat fish, frogs, tadpoles, large aquatic snails, aquatic worms, insects, eggs, and occasionally, ducklings or other baby birds. I especially enjoy seeing the herons wading along and hunting. The herons use their bill to spear their prey. I took these pictures on August 27, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly later picture. Enjoy!