The smaller Herons, and Egrets gather together in rookeries like their larger relatives. However unlike the big guys they don’t much care for the taller trees. An area surrounded by water, say a small island, with brush is fine. The following were shot in a location just like that.
First here is a Green Heron, the ultimate stalker. Slow motion fishing is their method. Very fast to snatch prey but beyond slow during the hunt.
Above are Black-crowned Night Herons. Hard for us to find all year, until mating season. Then they are all over the swamps. Year round residents but not sure where they hide in the winter months.
Final image is a Little Blue Heron. I think of them as the calm one. Rare to start trouble and content to hang with all the others. They are the only one that gets along with Snowy Egrets.
Photographs from an afternoon at Cypress Wetlands rookery, Port Royale, South Carolina.