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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron was spotted along with a lovely Tri-colored Heron, at the tiny neighborhood Swartz Park on Lake Paradise, in The Villages, Florida, on Tuesday evening (9/20/16) at about 5:30PM.

The Great Blue Heron was perched on the top of a neighboring residential fishing dock gazebo.  The Tri-colored Heron was out successfully fishing for its dinner.  The Great Blue Heron never moved in the five minutes I spent birding at that location.

The Tri-colored Heron was always in motion – stalking in the shallow water;  perching on the top of a cypress; or flying between lake shore areas.  Both of these herons fish for their meals of fish, frogs, tadpoles, small tender turtles, and snails by stabbing with their sharp sword-like bills.  Occasionally, these wading birds will also eat smaller shoreline animals or large insects.

I always have a lot of fun bird watching in this neighborhood lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Reflection of the Great Blue Heron on the lake

Reflection of the Great Blue Heron on the lake

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron with Fish

Tri-colored Heron with Fish

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

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Comments on: "Great Blue Heron and Tri-colored Heron" (6)

  1. Hello, wonderful shots of all the herons. They are great at catching their dinner. Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, Many thanks. I agree that herons, like egrets, are wonderful at catching their meals. Lots of good chow in this little residential and park lake. We have had a ton of rain so a lot of food has additionally washed into the lake from upstream creeks. Have a fine week!

  2. so beautiful. love him sitting on the gazebo roof.

    • Hi Tex, I think he or she was resting and scoping out all the action below the surface and along the shore. I rarely see a heron or egret on the top of a gazebo. Fun photo. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I also like the shot of the Heron on the gazebo roof. I wouldn’t have thought of him doing that.

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