Tricolored Heron shaking it up on tip toes

Tricolored Heron shaking it upTricolored Heron shaking it up on tippy toes – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

The Great Blue Heron I photographed on Christmas Day seems to have focused my attention on wading birds, yesterday it was Reddish Egrets and this morning I present a Tricolored Heron shaking its feather while on tip toes. I remember photographing this heron with my friends and fellow photographers;  Adrian, Mac and Rachel at Fort De Soto’s north beach at the lagoon near the concession stand.

I was laying down on the hard packed sand when I created this image which gave me a great low angle. Another title for this image might be “Tricolored Heron having a bad hair day”.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Well done again Mia. What a bird! Show me more!!

  2. Ha! Sweet shot Mia!
    He looks excited about something :)

  3. Quite a behaviour Mia, I’ve not seen this before. Those feathers look so beautifully textured.

  4. Your angle on this shot was absolutely perfect. It wouldn’t have given the same effect if you’d have been shooting even straight on much less from above. Nice job!

  5. He is beautiful Mia. You capture these birds so graciously.

  6. Perfection. It’s a winner Mia.

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