The first three photos are an adult tricolored heron and the rest are two different juveniles.
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Tricolored herons have two-toned beaks with the outermost part being black.
The long, pointy bill and the multicolored neck common to herons are more visible in this image.
Running across the water is easier when you have wings to help.
The tongue of the tricolored heron appears to be much shorter than its bill.
A juvenile tricolored heron stalking its prey.
As this bird matures its back and side feathers will become all blue and the yellow part of its bill becomes white.
The yellow bill and legs of the juvenile as well as the profusion of rust-colored feathers amid the blue.
This juvenile is probably younger than the prior one since it appears to have more rust-colored feathers.
It's unusual to see this bird without an ess shape in its neck.
The ess shape has returned.
All photos © S. M. Garver