Monday, December 22, 2008
Today's featured species are herons. Florida has a multitude of heron and egret species this time of year and to a novice birder they can be challenge to identify. All these birds are wetland/marsh feeders. The top image is of a Green Heron. These birds are substantially smaller (17-22") in size than the middle and bottom herons and their legs are short and yellow. The center image is of a Little Blue Heron. These herons are 22-29" with a long neck and bill, primarily a darker blue color. The bottom photo is of a Tricolored heron. These herons are about the same size (24-28") as the Little Blues but have a distinctive white belly and rump. Shoulder shots are provided to help you see the head differences as well. All these photos were captured at either Green Cay or Wakodahatchee Wetlands in southern Florida. Blue Skies.