Tri-colored Herons and Great Blue Herons make their home on the lovely little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL. This small private residential lake often hosts a few of the large wading birds. I took these pictures mostly from Swartz Park.
The Tri-colored Herons are steel grey, cream, and have maroon highlights on the upper neck and back. They have yellow legs and a brownish-yellow bill. These birds eat fish, frogs, turtles, aquatic insects, aquatic snails, and occasionally ducklings.
Great Blue Herons are among the larger of the wading birds. These birds are medium-grey, with black and white. They often have a few back hanging feathers off of the crown of their head like a long mohawk. They occasionally are seen in an all white color, which is quite similar to the way the Great Egret looks. These herons eat basically the same foods as the Tri-colored Herons do. The Great Blue Herons sleep and nest up in large trees, preferring evergreens or Cypresses.
I took these pictures during the late afternoon on a couple of days in the past week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!