Tricolored Herons are smaller than Great Blue Herons and larger than Snowy Egrets and all three of these wading birds hunt in many of the same locations along the Gulf Coast. While I lived in Florida I saw, observed and photographed Tricolored Herons quite often at Fort De Soto County Park as they hunted the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, Spartina marshes and in the tidal lagoons. I also photographed them in inland locations such as lakes, ponds, swamps, wetlands and along the shores of rivers. They are striking in breeding plumage with their bright blue bills and lores but I also believe they are equally as striking in their nonbreeding plumage which is shown above.
I love the foam in this image even though it covers the heron’s feet and just looking at this image transports me back in time to a warm day filled with the sound of waves, the smell of the sea breeze and the visual delight of plentiful birds.
Life is good.