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Different Herons

Great Blue Heron

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!

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Heron

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Heron on nest

Little Blue Heron

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Comments on: "Different Herons" (4)

  1. That’s a large family of Herons. Great birds!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, I think I have seen nearly all of the North American herons at some point or another. I never did see that exotic African heron that was loose in the marsh-lands North of Ocala, FL a few years ago. Oh well, it was not for lack of trying, either. I love bird watching and am happy to share the views. Enjoy a wonderful weekend and I hope your weather is OK for hikes and photography.

  2. Hello, wonderful captures of the waders. I love all the herons. Happy weekend.

    • Hi Eileen, Many thanks! I so enjoy getting out and bird watching when time and weather permit. Just last night I spotted a gorgeous larger Great Blue Heron at our local park lake. Always something to see if one just looks. Have a fantastic weekend and happy birding to you!

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