Interesting Nature Facts #45 – Great Blue Heron

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A Bird is Three Things: Feathers, Flight and Song

A quick post for today, and a trio of brand new photos of some of North America’s most beautiful coastal birds. Click on any image to enlarge. A roseate spoonbill wades through a salty mangrove marsh on Sanibel Island, Florida on a late winter morning in search of the crustaceans that give its vibrant pink color.


The Golden Hour on Siesta Key – Snowy Egret

Last week I was doing my usual rounds along Florida’s Gulf Coast when late afternoon found me on South Lido Beach in the Sarasota area. Not quite tourist season, I thought it might be a good time to look for local wildlife along the surf. This snowy egret and I spent the next hour together….


Unexpected Florida Beach Sighting – Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage

A couple of days ago, I was driving along the coast of Apalachee Bay on the Florida Panhandle on the edge of Tate's Hell State Forest when I saw the unexpected. It was a group of 25 to 30 cattle egrets along the shoreline and perched among the skeletal remains of pine trees killed by beach erosion. Strangely peculiar as these egrets are not normally associated with the beach or salt water, and are most often found inland perching on or walking among cattle or horses.


Tricolored Heron in Breeding Plumage

Last month I was in the Big Cypress National Preserve looking for new material - particularly birds in breeding plumage when I spotted this amazing tricolored heron on the side of the road. It was in the most resplendent of breeding colors. Bright blue beak and face, deep blood-red eyes, violet and blue-gray plumage, completed with snowy white plumes at the back of its crown. Just gorgeous!