A few weeks ago back I posted a Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage and today I wanted to post an image of one in nonbreeding plumage from 2009. In this image the heron’s legs are yellow, the eyes are a watermelon pink and the lores are yellow, in breeding plumage the legs are pinkish red, the eyes are a darker red and the lores and the upper portion of the bill are almost a cobalt blue.
When I photographed this hunting Tricolored Heron I was laying flat on my belly in the shallows where the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico gently lapped the shore. I found that if I laid very still that this heron would approach me very closely, at times it was too close to focus on.
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