This Tri-color Heron was fishing in the shallow marsh at the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge near Cedar Key, Florida while I visited that park a few weeks ago. I had a great time watching the big wading bird fish, even from a long distance. These birds are really neat to see!
These herons dine on fish, frogs, turtles, shrimp, some shellfish, small young birds, eggs and larger insects. The Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge is chock-full of wading birds and a number of birds of prey. It was quite an interesting quick afternoon visit and I am hoping to return. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There are four Great Blue Herons now roosting at the park here. I have blogged about the herons in this park before, and thought I’d check in on how they are doing. I took these pictures of the herons on their rookery or nest, last night at 6:00 (park closes at 7:00). It is an uncrowded time at the park.
I saw the three herons up in and around the stick nest up on a sturdy branch of a Long-leaf Pine Tree. The parent bird came and gave some food to the noisy older juveniles and then had to leave. There was a lot of commotion and noise from the juveniles who were clamoring for more food. I was amazed to see the parent bird fly over quite close by to where I was at and calmly start to fish a bit in the decorative park pond (no Koi now – just mosquito fish and a few turtles). So all is well with this family of Great Blue Herons. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a safe and very happy holiday weekend!