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Tricolored herons are a lot like calico cats, only in blue, and feathers. The adults have a little white flag of feathers behind their head. They wade the shallow wetlands plucking fish from the water and dragonflies from the plants to eat.
Tricolored Heron
Their beak is black on the tip, and the top half changes to a brilliant blue during mating season.
Their eggs are also blue:
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron with red eyes
Every so often a mother tricolored heron will stand up and you can get a peek at her eggs.
Tricolored Heron chick
Tricolored Heron, nest, and eggs
Tricolored Heron eggs in a nest
Finally, one day there was a puffball big enough to get a half decent photo of. Now I've got a better lens and I hope to catch these herons at it again!
While the birds are still young, or juveniles, the non-white feathers on their head and neck are a rusty brown color.
It's fun to watch the babies frolic in the air after they learn to fly. This page has some of my earlier photos of tricolored herons playing in the air.
Tricolored Heron eggs in a nest
Tricolored Heron checking her eggs
nesting Tricolored Heron with her eggs
Juvenile Tricolored Heron
Juvenile Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
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