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2024 Tricolored Herons

The Tricolored Heron is a slender bird with a long bill and legs. It's one of the more colorful birds in the Heron family.

1-23-2004-2

Tricolored Heron. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

It's one of the smaller Herons with dark blue upperparts contrasting with a white belly and white stripe up the neck.

1-23-2004-12

Tricolored Heron. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

These Herons are found in wetlands and shallow water around rivers, ponds and lakes.

1-23-2004-10

Tricolored Heron. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

They will walk looking for food and stop and stare into the water for several minutes.

1-23-2004-11

Tricolored Heron. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

Then, suddenly, dive under and come up with a small fish, crickets, crayfish, prawns. This one caught a large spider.

1-23-2004-4

Tricolored Heron. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

I shot this as it rose above the water and glided along the shoreline.

1-23-2004-3

Tricolored Heron. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

I like this one with its wings extended upward, showing its white underbody.

1-23-2004-8

Cattle Egret. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

I usually see Linkins feeding along the lake, but with all the rain, the area was flooded. The wet area created another location for a group of Cattle Egrets.

1-23-2004

Sandhill Crane. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

What would visiting the park be without seeing one of my favorite birds, the Sandhill Crane.

1-23-2004-7

Big Gators. FujiFilm H2s Nikon 500PF

Our visitors only had one thing they wanted to see: BIG GATORS! Myakka Park never disappoints, as there are always lots of gators.

Photography should be fun! It's not about the phone or camera brand you're using. Remember, your best photographs result from one thing, making an effort to get out and shoot.

Comments are always welcomed.

Mark

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