Tricolored Herons times Three

Tricolored Heron on the shore of Lake MaggioreTricolored Heron on the shore of Lake Maggiore

I’ve mentioned before that light can impact the final results of an image and the background can as well. Some people might think the background in the image above is messy but I think that the palm fronds that are reaching towards the water a compliment to the curving lines of the Tricolored Heron and there are similar colors on the palm fronds and the back of the heron. The gnarly tree stump also seems to echo the feet of this Tricolored.

Tricolored Heron in golden lightTricolored Heron in golden light

This image has less “mess in the background but there is enough variation in the colors to be interesting and the bubbles on the surface of the water add a bit of tension.

Tricolored Heron in pastel water and soft lightTricolored Heron in pastel water and soft light

The smooth pastel water in this image has a nice texture and color which contrasts with the herons plumage. The background is simple and doesn’t detract from the heron at all.

I actually like the backgrounds in each of these images, all of them show the habitat that Tricolored Herons might be found in and highlight the birds too.


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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. Wonderful collection of beautiful images, Mia!

  2. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos, Mia. I love Herons of any stripe and these Tricolored Herons are really lovely.

  3. My thanks to everyone who commented on these Tricolored Heron images!

  4. Bryce Robinson

    These photos are incredible! I just love this species Mia. They are so fun to observe. I’d say one of my top Ardeids.

  5. great shots Mia. I especially like the second photo.

  6. very nice serie, and a beautifull heron
    i like the unusual bokeh of the 1st, very nice composition like that
    have a nice day mia ☼

  7. Beautiful Herons! I’ve not seen one. I would like to now.

  8. They are beautiful herons! Mia, awesome shots of the Tri-colored herons.

  9. Beautiful! I especially love the second image. The ripples and bubbles convey a sense of frozen time.

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