Sitting in the shade, yet still popping with color and adornment - this tricolored heron is showing the bright blue bill, the red legs, and the long aigrette feathers on its back, all dressed up to impress a mate
The short, stocky looking little herons that seem to have no neck at all, reveal that they actually have quite a long neck hidden inside those feathers when they perch on a branch or reed over the water and stalk a fish
Trying to have a little afternoon nap on a warm day, this yellow-crowned night heron would open one eye to watch people pass by from about 12 feet away - once determined to not be a threat, the eye would close again.
A year-round bird for us, often found along the salt marshes and mangroves along the coast as well as in the freshwater wetlands. Despite the name, they're out day and night, and feed anytime on various crawfish and crabs, as well as fish, frogs, and anything else they can nab. The...
A great blue heron intermediate morph that occurs when a great blue heron and a great white heron (which is a specific morph of great blue heron found in South Florida that presents as all white) mate...the Wurdemann's heron is an odd hybrid that's quite rare and a treat to see
Short and stocky looking heron, usually found lurking along the water's edge, in the reeds, or on overhanging branches...they have a deceptively long neck that they use as part of their speargun-style fishing method
Unlike most of our herons and egrets who are patient fishermen, waiting perfectly still for the moment to plunge their bill - the tricolored heron is a frantic, noisy fisherman - flying out low over the water or jumping in, and plunging his head down while chasing the fish through the water.