When I spotted the Snowy Egret a few days ago in The Villages (my post of June 12, 2016), I also saw a handsome Tri-colored Heron on the opposite side of the little bridge I was standing upon. I took turns taking pictures of both of the wading birds without disturbing either one.
The Tri-colored Heron is a medium heron with a soft grey-blue coloring mixed with a bit of maroon red and creamy white. It primarily eats small fish, frogs, crawfish, tender small turtles, eggs, and larger aquatic insects. These birds wade in the shallow water of ponds, lakes, small creeks, rivers, and both fresh and salt water marshes. Tri-colored Herons are excellent at flying and fly home to roost in tall trees at the close of the day.
I really enjoy the rare chance to spot this bird here. I saw this Tri-colored Heron, and the Snowy Egret, behind the Sharon theater in the Spanish Springs area on June 7, 2016 in the early evening hours at the man-made stream that empties into Lake Mira Mar. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!