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Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons, and Little Blue Herons are the most commonly seen herons here in The Villages, Florida.  The Great Blue Heron is the most frequently seen, followed by the Little Blue Heron.  I think I have only seen one Green Heron here and that was a year ago.

All of these herons are wading birds that shuffle along in the shallows of the lakes and ponds to spear fish, frogs, or turtles with their long sharp bills.  They also eat larger insects, small lizards, and large aquatic insects or snails.

The herons roost up in tall trees.  Many prefer the Cypress Trees here.  Some also will roost in the medium-sized trees where there also are Ibis or Egrets.  We used to have a large area of roosts on Morse Blvd. (I had photographed it and posted about it many months ago) but that area seems out of favor with the birds in recent months.  I don’t know the reason for the big move.  It could be a case of too much threat from coyotes or other predators.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.

Tri-colored Heron

Little Blue Heron

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Comments on: "Herons" (4)

  1. Very nice shot of the Great Blue Heron! They should start returning here for the summer soon.

    • Hi Montucky, I am sure you are eagerly awaiting the return of your birds to your locale. I think many are already on the way North. We still have some of the waders and the ducks but the Pelicans have left and there are fewer cranes. Not too many storks either. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

  2. Hello, Seeing all the different heron was a treat in Florida. Great captures of all your herons. Maybe a raccoon has chased the birds away? Have a happy day and new week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, Yes, perhaps a Raccoon was the culprit. Thanks for that great suggestion. I had not thought of it. Our poor little neighborhood lake is terribly low. Both arms are now dry and the central part near the community park is a giant puddle. Not too many birds there now. There are other reasonably full lakes and ponds here so there will be other opportunities for birding. There always are Ibises and gators. Ha! Have a great day today!

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