This Tri-color Heron lives along the shore of a small park lake a couple of blocks behind the Sharon Morse auditorium near The Villages. I usually see American Ibises and sometimes a Great Egret, Anhinga, or Wood Storks there at that lake. That little lake also is inhabited by one or more Alligators! Occasionally there are also various ducks around the shore too.
The Tri-color Heron is a medium-sized heron. The Tri-color Heron eats fish, aquatic snails, tadpoles, frogs, small turtles, aquatic worms, larger insects, and occasionally, duck eggs or newly hatched ducklings. Once in awhile, this heron will go hunting on shore and will catch small lizards, mice, snakes, and even land insects but mostly it enjoys aquatic foods. I took these pictures on Dec. 3, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy! Wishing all who celebrate, a happy Hanukkah!