Tricoloured Heron

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).

Taken: 06/10/2015 Location: Georgetown, Guyana Camera: Nikon D5100 Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/400 ISO: 160

Taken: 06/10/2015
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 160

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.

Taken: 06/10/2015 Location: Georgetown, Guyana Camera: Nikon D5100 Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/500 ISO: 160

Taken: 06/10/2015
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 160

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.

Taken: 06/10/2015 Location: Georgetown, Guyana Camera: Nikon D5100 Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/500 ISO: 160

Taken: 06/10/2015
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikkor 300 mm MF
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 160

Now that my thesis proposal is over, I’ll hopefully get a chance to go birding again so stay tuned 🙂

Advertisements