The feature image is a nonbreeding Tricolored Heron stalking his prey.
This Tricolored Heron photo is one of my all time favorites. It was taken at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida during breeding season. There were lots of nests of all kinds of Egrets, Herons and Woodstorks.
Tricolored Herons are slender birds with feathers of blue-gray, lavender and white. The white belly and stripe going up to the neck sets it apart from other herons. The bright blue bill appears during breeding season like the photo above. The nonbreeding Tricolored Heron has a black and yellow bill with yellow eye lores.
This bird is a little sneaky as they like to follow behind Double-crested Cormorants and Pied-billed Grebes and snatch up fish they stir up. These birds are can be found in North, Central and South America, West Indies, as well as the Caribbean.
This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.