Nature and Wildlife Photography, mostly South Florida, mostly birds
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Tricolored Heron #5/50
These images of a Tricolored heron were taken at Green Cay Wetlands, Delray Beach. In the 2nd small image we can see his breeding colors in the bill (blue). In the bottom image, he had just shook off his wet feathers and was in the process of putting himself back together when I caught this (when a little bird jumped in my frame). The top small image is a "teenager" tricolored heron, image taken at Alligator Farm, St. Augustine FL.
Interesting facts: During breeding season the Tri-color gets even more colorful. The base of its bill turns bright blue, and it develops a white pony tail plume on the back of its head. Soft tan plumes grow from its back. Its legs turn bright red.