A Whole Host of Herons

Herons are so common to Floridians that I’m pretty sure they consider me crazy when I show up and go ga-ga over them!

But hey – these oddly beautiful birds are not regular visitors to my backyard – nor am I a regular visitor to Florida – so humor me while I share some pictures of the herons I was blessed to hang out with.

The first to greet us as we entered the wetlands was this handsome Great Blue Heron. I think he had appointed himself guardian of the gate.

You could pretty much see one of these guys every time you turned around.

Also out in abundance was the Little Blue Heron. You can see that he is smaller than the Great Blue (hence the name) and lacks the white facial feathers and the dark legs of his relative.

This fellow was quite the fisherman. Don’t you just love that gleam in his eye.

The Tri-colored Heron is one that I don’t recall seeing up close and in person before. When he is all hunched up he is harder to identify…

…but when he faces forward you can see the large white patch of feathers on his chest.

And when he stretches out his neck you can see the cool color patterns.

The smallest heron that we got to hang out with was the Green Heron.

We watched him carefully scanning the water and then snaring a teeny tiny fish.

I think his colors are incredible!

And last, but not least, a pair of bird-watching buddies from Kentucky that we happened to meet excitedly showed us the hiding place of an American Bittern – who is part of the heron family.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to wander through the wetlands, hanging out with this whole host of handsome herons! I would definitely put this on my list of places to visit again. πŸ™‚

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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21 Responses to A Whole Host of Herons

  1. memymontana says:

    Herons are such patient birds

  2. DailyMusings says:

    These are all so wonderful!! I am always astounded to see such a large bird perched atop a tree that way!

  3. de Wets Wild says:

    Such beautiful images, Kathy!

  4. H.J. for avian101 says:

    Great captures, Kathy! πŸ™‚

  5. Jodi says:

    wowzie! oh that green heron!!!

  6. Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing!

  7. wisemarian says:

    Oh, Kathy these heron photos are just unbelievable.
    Where were you in Florida?

  8. All wonderful photos, Iβ€˜be never seen a Tri-coloured heron straight on, what a beauty!

  9. Excellent captures! I love herons!

  10. Great shots of all of these marvelous Herons. How exciting that you saw the American Bittern too!

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