The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance

The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance

Each of the big wading birds has their own style and method of fishing. The Tricolored Heron is nothing short of a show.

The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance
The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance

It works too.

The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance
The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance

One of the first things they do is dance, shuffle their feet and walk.

The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance
The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance

Wings are spread next, and the pace steps up.

The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance
The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance

The wing movement depends on the sun. What they are doing is using the shade made by their out stretched wings to make a shadow on the water. They can see small fish better.

The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance
The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance

This is really fun when you have a group of Tricoloreds.

It’s like a chorus line.

2 thoughts on “The Tricolored Heron Fishing Dance”

    1. The dance is an adventure to watch.

      The real master is the Reddish Egret. No bird does it like them. One of the smallest habitats of any wading bird, but they have started to pushed up to the Lowcountry.

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