Face to Face with Grumpy
Say hello to "Grumpy Heron"! This is the photo that inspired me to take to the boardwalk to capture full faces. This is a tri-colored heron sub-adult, fledged, who was feeding with its siblings along the boardwalk rail just past the north-west tree tunnel in GC. Over the years I've photographed a lot of birds diving from the handrails fishing, but this little guy decided to rest up a bit and stare at me staring at him through a camera. The tri colored heron, Louisiana Heron as it's called in states to the west of Florida, have such wonderful personalities and behaviors from birth.
Within a few days from hatching they are capable of protecting their nest with amazing feather displays should predators approach the nest, watch them sometime.
Last year and this year there seems to be a bumper crop of tri-colored chicks so I'm sure we'll see more photos of them in the future.