Tri-Colored Heron was recently seen at a small pond here in The Villages, FL. These medium-sized wading birds actually are members of the egret family and are lovely. Tri-Colored Herons have a steel-blue color with cream and rust on the chest and neck and greenish yellow legs and feet. These birds eat fish, frogs, small turtles, aquatic snails, crayfish, baby alligators, and larger aquatic insects.
The Tri-Colored Herons are excellent flyers but usually fly short distances by themselves or in very small groups. They mostly flock up when flying long distances. They roost in tall trees that are close to ponds, lakes, marshes or rivers. I especially enjoy spotting the Tri-colored Herons here. Tri-Colored Herons are not often seen around the local community except during the breeding season in Winter. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.