Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons and Tri-color Herons are the most frequently seen herons here in The Villages, FL. I am also including a shot of a Green Heron that I spotted in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee several years ago, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron I saw in Belize this last December. These large birds live around fresh water mostly and wade in the shallow water hunting for small fish, frogs, aquatic snails and larger insects. Some of the herons are very colorful such as the Little Blue Heron.
I enjoy watching the birds stroll along the banks of the ponds or lakes and then seriously stare down their prey when on the hunt for their meal. These birds use their sharp-pointed bill to stab catch their meal. Herons usually roost in large trees were they build nests of sticks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!