Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tricolored Tuesday #7

According to Audubon, the Tricolored Heron is built for marsh life. Its long legs enable it to wade and see down through water; long toes churn up food; a long neck and bill help reach prey; broad wings help lift its heavy body vertically out of brushy wetland. Once called the "Louisiana Heron," this colonial nester is a close relative of bitterns and one of only four North American egret species.






Hello! Is anyone out there?!


The good man is the friend of all living things.
Mahatma Gandhi

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

44 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

I still think he's very handsome, if a trifle grumpy-looking.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful!!! And, thanks to you I learned something...I did not KNOW that little bit about relation to the Bittern.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the fluffed up feather shot ... that is so great! ( ;

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh! I nearly forgot, the Great Scot fell in love with Mexican food at first bite, especially shrimp fajitas!

Nancy's Notes said...

Great shots of the Heron! Love learning something before coffee! Thank you!

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Herons on so fun to watch. You captured some good moments.

Nancy said...

Love those green legs!

Buttons said...

Oh Gail speechless. HUG B

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I learn so much from your posts. Thank you!

Kittie Howard said...

Super great photos! I'm learning so much -- thank you! Audubon occupies much of my time lately as my follow-up A-Z begins with him as many of his drawings come from times spent in St. Francisville. But, come to find out, his life was beyond amazing in so many other ways that fascinate.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Another fine set of tricolored heron images. When he stretches that neck, you just wonder what keeps him from falling over. Love the wing-flapping shot and the last one, with the fluffy look. He does look a little cranky, though.

Bill said...

They do have beautiful coloration.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Lovely bird. I love the color in the beak!

TexWisGirl said...

so they put him in the egret family? do they lump all herons and egrets together? (guess i could google). :)

LOVED the 'is anyone out there' shot! stellar!

TexWisGirl said...

'egretta tricolor' - i'm guessing it's only us humans who try to call one a heron and one an egret.:)

Barb Brookbank said...

He's beautiful - great shots!

cobie en bas van Es said...

heel mooi z,on driekleur hij staat er ook prachtig op.

Karen said...

Splendid shots Gail. Love #7!

hootnonny said...

Magnificent bird! Never heard of bitterns, nor did I know that the heron is an egret!

don said...

A beautiful series that captures the pretty color scheme of their feathers. They are such an impressive bird.

Charlotte Wilson said...

Wonderful shots of an interesting creature !

Charlotte Wilson said...

Wonderful shots of an interesting creature !

Starla said...

I think my favorite shot is the "Hello, anyone out there". Love the ripples of the water

Wally Jones said...

Hi, Gail! Beautiful series on the Tricolored Heron!

We recently saw 22 of them in one spot! Talk about flapping and squawking!

Superb photography!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful photos of this beautiful bird!

DeniseinVA said...

You took some fantastic photos of the heron. He's a real beauty and it was the first time I had seen one on our trip down to Florida.

Melissa said...

Love the ripply reflections in the bottom the images!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a pretty bird. I took a couple of pictures of one yesterday at Six Mile Cypress Marsh. If I decide to post them, I will try to forget your pictures and how much better they are.

HansHB said...

Great photos, Nice to see!

EG CameraGirl said...

I was just looking through some of my heron shots today looking forward to their return to Canada. I'm not holding my breath...yet. Your photos are wonderful.

eileeninmd said...

Gail, lovely captures of the Tri-colored Heron. It is a beautiful bird. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love the yellow around the eye.

Deanna said...

What a great looking bird, love that yellow, really makes him stand out, another gorgeous capture.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful captures.

Brian King said...

Very nice! I love the fourth photo!

Michelle said...

These are some really great shots!

Willow said...

Very cool series of shots!
What a regal looking bird.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Ah, nice quote by Gandhi! I serious feel you are the only one that photographs water so interestingly. I love it. Heron's are rather odd looking to me, tho. I learned lately that they are here. I didn't think they were. Thanks for the education! No, seriously!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A beautiful bird with a very long neck.

Pallavi said...

What a gorgeous bird! The first picture makes him look like a grandfather wearing spectacles :) Your pictures are always so crisp, clear and colorful! Love visiting your space Gail :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

He's so lovely and graceful. Great photos! That's neat that he churns up food with his toes.

Mitzi said...

Very handsome indeed. Love the 4th shot!

Linda R said...

Amazing photos my friend. Man he sure does have a long neck. Hope you are enjoying your week.

Hugs~

Grampy said...

Enjoy captures that make me feel as if I were there. Fine job.