Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, and a Tri-colored Heron are some of the most prominent Herons here in the United States. I am happy to be able to see many of these birds here in Central Florida fairly often. The Black-crowned Night Heron was spotted at Lake Apopka, and the others here in The Villages, FL.
These wading birds primarily eat fish, frogs, crayfish, aquatic snails, aquatic insects, salt water crabs, ducklings, bird eggs, and tender small turtles. All are great at flying.
The herons walk along the shoreline of lakes, ponds, rivers, and even the ocean, and try to spear their prey for a meal. The birds tend to feed early in the morning and from late afternoon into early evening hours. Herons tend to spend the day by themselves or in small numbers. They roost in a larger flock in tall trees like Cypress, Pine and Oaks. I love spending time outside observing the herons! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!