Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor

This bird used to be called the “Louisiana Heron”. It is most often seen along the Gulf Coast of the USA, but it is also resident in central Baja California and the adjacent Mexican coast. In recent years they have roamed further north. In San Diego, we find them year round. Rarely straying far from the coast, these birds range as far south as the northern Pacific and Atlantic coasts of South America.

I’ve seen Snowy Egrets closely follow fishing grebes, hoping to benefit from the swimming bird as it chases prey to the surface. Similarly, Tricolored Herons have been observed exploiting the fishing efforts of cormorants.

I’ve enjoyed meeting these elegant waders in San Diego, Mexico, and in Texas.

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