Tri-colored Heron -- Alligator Farm: Saint Augustine, Florida: This is a female tri-colored heron from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. This female was photographed in between nest building activity. The male would bring a branch to add to the nest about every 4 to 5 minutes. She would take almost as long placing the stick by pushing, tugging and pulling to get it in just the right place. Usually, before she was finished the male would bring another branch and she would go through the same routine again. The process was fascinating to watch and all the activity took place about 15 feet in front of me.
The name, Tri-colored Heron is just one of many names this bird has been called over the years. Other names from the past include, Audubon's Heron and Louisiana Heron. I actually prefer Audubon's Heron.