Thanks to several readers who sent me photos, but I’m still in need of more. If you have good wildlife photos, please round up a few and send them on to me.
John Avise contributes one of his “themed” bird posts today. His captions are indented, and click on the photos to enlarge them.
Herons, egrets, and bitterns (family Ardeidae) are graceful, stately birds with long necks (sometimes folded back onto the body), long legs, and straight spear-like bills that they use to catch fish, frogs, and other prey items, often while wading in shallow waters. Because they may stand nearly motionless while waiting for their quarry to come within reach, it’s sometimes possible to get close-up views of their impressive heads and bills. Here are some head portraits of ardeids that I’ve taken over the years in California and Florida.
Black-crowned Night Heron adult, Nycticorax nycticorax:
Another Black-crowned Night Heron:
Black-crowned Night Heron juvenile:
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias:
Another Great Blue Heron:
Yet another Great Blue Heron:
Green Heron, Butorides virescens:
Tricolored Heron, Egretta tricolor:
Another Tricolored Heron:
Little Blue Heron adult, Egretta caerulea:
Little Blue Heron juvenile:
Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens:
Great Egret, Ardea alba:
Another Great Egret:
Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:
Another Snowy Egret:
Yet another Snowy Egret:
Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis:
American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus: