Breeding plumage Tricolored Heron in flight

Breeding plumage Tricolored Heron in flightBreeding plumage Tricolored Heron in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 185mm, natural light

I’ve always liked this image of a Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage that flew past me while I sat in the water  of a tidal lagoon near a Spartina marsh in Florida. Warm water, a sea breeze, birds, nature and photography.

I was in my element. Or is that elements?


*Because of Google’s changes in Image Search and how they have begun to hotlink to my larger images I will no longer post large versions of my files on my blog.

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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. Hi! Colors are so beautiful and the flight brings out the georgous bird! Great shot! Have a great Day!

  2. Just BEAUTIFUL ! How could you not love nature and birding after looking at Mia’s photo’s……thanks for sharing your gift!

  3. I agree with Susan, gorgeous. The water looks great, too!

  4. Beautifully captured! Such bright colors and a crisply clear shot!

  5. It seems as if each season offers something different to amaze us. Wonderful quality image!

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Your photo is the next best thing to being there…. you can almost imagine the motion of it’s flight. Many thanks.

  7. Beautiful Mia. I know what you mean by being in your element. Now that I’m blogging about flowers, I hope you don’t stop following me. What I meant in my email was a “badge” of your website, to put on my blog.

  8. A truly stunning image Mia! I believe, at 185mm, that beautiful Tricolored Heron considered you part of the landscape. Well done!

  9. The clarity of the photo is awesome and the colors are breathtaking..thanks for sharing..your work brings new meaning to Nature..

  10. Beautiful image Mia and I think herons breeding plumage is the absolute bomb!

  11. Love the beautiful blues with the bright red eye. Great capture, Mia!

  12. I love it, beautiful shot.

  13. Would love to see this bird!

  14. Ah man, that blue face is killer!

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