Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tricolored Herons at Gatorland

Tricolored herons are starting to fly in and breed at the Gatorland bird rookery. I shot these pictures in mid-March there during a Flickr meetup. There were only great egret babies at the time but the tricoloreds where starting to show up. The blue around their beaks get much deeper blue and their eyes get redder during breeding season. They develop that feather tail that sticks out of the back of their heads. They really are pretty birds. I'm going to try and get back to Gatorland in early May to see if they have had their babies yet.

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