After 3 weeks of extreme hard work I’ve finally got my thesis proposal completed and I’m presenting that tomorrow – Thank the Universe that’s over! Anyway back to the birds, during my hiatus I managed to wander around a bit with my camera so let me introduce you to one especially striking bird: the Tricoloured Heron (Egretta tricolor).
The Tricoloured Heron is a resident of coastal wetlands with lesser numbers occurring inland. It is most common in estuaries, bay margins, brackish marshes, and tidal pools, I spotted mine at a tidal pool. This medium-sized (66 cm length) heron is often seen in belly-deep water catching small fishes and other small prey such as frogs, crustaceans and insects. The plumage is mostly blue-gray above and white on the belly. The front of the neck is white; the sides of the neck may be gray or purple.
Breeding birds have fine buffy plumes on the back and neck, and elongated crown plumes, as do many other egrets. The bill is slender and noticeably long; during the nesting season it is tinted blue at the base. I hope I can find one during breeding season as the blue bill is really beautiful. Tricoloured Herons build stick nests in mixed colonies of large waders. They’ll nest in a variety of trees and close to or on the ground or vegetation at the water’s surface. A typical clutch is 3-4 eggs and is incubated by both parents.
Now that my thesis proposal is over, I’ll hopefully get a chance to go birding again so stay tuned 🙂