Little Blue Heron on the hunt

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Little Blue Heronon the HuntLittle Blue Heron on the Hunt – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 340mm, natural light

This Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) was photographed in Florida as it hunted for prey in a shallow lagoon the edge of a marsh in late afternoon light.  The heron stalked small fish, crabs and shrimp while I sat in the warm water photographing it and the other birds nearby.



  1. Dan Huber August 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

    wonderful capture of a gorgeous bird Mia.

  2. zephyr August 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Such a beautiful image…exquisite.

  3. Jennifer August 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Mia this is stunning as are all of your photos. You have become such a role model and example for me as I begin my own wildlife photography journey. I appreciate and truly devour your posts. Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit in all that you share. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson August 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

      Thank you for your very kind words Jennifer!

  4. Susan August 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    What an awesome photo, beautiful bird

  5. Bob Zeller August 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful, Mia. Excellent detail. I have never seen one of these.

    • Mia McPherson August 15, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Thanks Bob, I hope that you get to see a Little Blue Heron soon!

  6. Julie Brown August 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Nicely saturated color on the bird, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson August 15, 2012 at 3:54 am

      Thanks Julie, the light that day did help with the color of the heron.

  7. Carol Mattingly August 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I have never seen one so small before. He’s beautiful. Carol

    • Mia McPherson August 15, 2012 at 3:53 am

      Thank you Carol, The Little Blue Heron is much smaller than the Great Blue Heron.

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