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Courtship Colors

The next time you look into an animal’s eyes look deep and long. You will see their inner beauty and feel their living soul. β€”A.D. Williams

The Tricolored Juveniles and the Tricolored Adults of our Florida wetlands have been highlighted; and now…. A most lovelyΒ Egretta tricolor displays his brilliant breeding colors. During courtship, these already beautifully colored herons become even more vibrant: the eyes turn a striking scarlet, and the otherwise long, pointed yellow bill turns blue. Breeding plumage involves filamentous plumes on the head and neck, and buff plumes on the back.

The juxtaposition of the deep scarlet eye against slate blue feathers is perfect; Nature needs no retouching.

Tricolored Heron in Breeding Colors, Florida Wetlands

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  1. Wow! What a lovely bird… I wanna kiss it!!

    June 13, 2012
    • Hah! πŸ™‚ They’re so striking to begin with, but during courtship / breeding, I just love the scarlet eyes against the slate blue feathers β€” such a gorgeous contrast! They’re delicate things, too.

      June 13, 2012
  2. Glorious. What fashion sense.

    June 13, 2012
    • Heh! Aren’t they fabulous? I love how they dress up for courtship-time. πŸ™‚

      June 13, 2012
  3. Fantastic details πŸ™‚

    June 13, 2012
    • Thanks so much! We’re lucky to have them nesting nearby in the wetlands, and they’re more accustomed to people here. Although the telephoto helps… πŸ™‚

      June 13, 2012
  4. Very handsome bird and a terrific photo!

    June 14, 2012
    • Thanks so much! They’re striking little things β€” but during courtship / breeding, I just love the scarlet eyes against the slate blue feathers β€” such a gorgeous contrast.

      June 14, 2012
  5. WOW, IT ALWAYS AMAZES ME HOW YOU GET SUCH BEAUTIFUL CLOSE-UPS OF ALL YOUR MODELS IN NATURE!!! BEAUTIFUL WORK!!! THANK YOU!!

    June 14, 2012
    • πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!! We’re so lucky to be surrounded by these critters… If only there were more efforts to preserve the Everglades, or return the land we’ve taken from them. But a telephoto is a MUST, so as to not disturb these guys, for sure!

      June 14, 2012

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