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tricolored heron

  1. Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron

    Formerly called "Louisiana Heron," this is an adult in basic plumage. In breeding condition the base of the bill turns bright turquoise. This species favors southern swampy areas but is thought to be declining in North America after a period of range expansion from the 1940s to 1970s. The...
  2. Tricolored Heron Breeding Plumage

    Tricolored Heron Breeding Plumage

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor ruficollis), breeding plumage.
  3. Tricolored Heron Juvenile

    Tricolored Heron Juvenile

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor ruficollis) juvenile learning its hunting techniques.
  4. Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor ruficollis)
  5. Tricolored Heron video.

    Tricolored Heron video.

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) video. 21 April 2023. Birding and Nature Center, South Padre Is., Texas, USA.
  6. Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron

    Formerly called "Louisiana Heron," the turquoise bill color indicates this is an adult in its courtship plumage phase. After courtship the bill of both sexes turns yellowish. This species favors southern swampy areas but we only saw a few in Texas. It is thought to be declining in North America...
  7. Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron

  8. Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor ruficollis).
  9. A startling moment

    A startling moment

    Came across this while going through my photos, not the clearest pic in the world but while getting photos of these herons I managed to capture the moment an anhinga popped out of the water and scared them all! Even the wood stork off to the side was frightened. Probably one of the funniest...
  10. tricolored egret

    tricolored egret

  11. Tricolored heron

    Tricolored heron

  12. Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor ruficollis)
  13. Inconspicuous Tricolor

    Inconspicuous Tricolor

    This Tricolored Heron nearly missed my notice -- I hadn't seen him from the trail, so when I went off to track the Yellow-crowned Night Heron (also posted today), he was quite the surprise
  14. Tricolored Heron immature P1190208.jpg

    Tricolored Heron immature P1190208.jpg

    My first observation of this species in Barbados. I might incidentally have disactivated the image stabilization on the lens which is a pain in a certain place.
  15. Tricolored Heron

    Tricolored Heron

    The turquoise bill color indicates this is an adult in its courtship plumage phase. After courtship the bill of both sexes turns yellowish. This species favors southern swampy areas but we only saw a few in Texas. It is thought to be declining in North America after a period of range expansion...
  16. Tricolored Heron fishing.jpg

    Tricolored Heron fishing.jpg

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor ruficollis)
  17. Tricolored Heron (Egretta Tricolor)

    Tricolored Heron (Egretta Tricolor)

    A Tricolored or Louisiana Heron. Late in the afternoon, and a bit breezy.
  18. Tricolored heron in breeding plumage

    Tricolored heron in breeding plumage

    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
  19. Tricolored heron flying high

    Tricolored heron flying high

    Another large wading bird common in Florida, and also showing some breeding coloration with the bill turning from yellow to blue
  20. Tricolored Heron.jpg

    Tricolored Heron.jpg

    Formerly called the "Louisiana Heron, "this is one of the most abundant herons in the Deep South.
  21. Tricolored heron fishing attack

    Tricolored heron fishing attack

    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.
  22. Tricolored heron sunset flight

    Tricolored heron sunset flight

    Flying past late in the day, as the sun was about to drop behind the treeline - catching the last warm light of the day
  23. Tricolored heron

    Tricolored heron

    Standing in lovely light and calm shallow waters, this one had just taken a drink to wash down a recent fish
  24. Tricolored Egret 2.JPG

    Tricolored Egret 2.JPG

    Strikes but missed
  25. Tricolored Egret 1.JPG

    Tricolored Egret 1.JPG

    A few around reserve
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