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!