Tri-Colored Heron - part 2
The Tri-Colored Heron breeds in colonies, often, as at Gatorland Rookery, with other species of wading birds. Nests can be in trees, mangroves etc, sometimes on ground but usually two to ten feet above the ground. The nest is built mostly by the female, with materials gathered by male, and consists of a platform of sticks, with a shallow depression in the middle, lined with finer twigs and grasses.
This bird sat on its nest right next to the boardwalk. These next few images are all taken, first by zooming from 130mm to 300mm, and then moving forwards and photographing at 300mm and 400mm on the 100-400mm lens.
Still more of these beautiful birds to come.