Tricolored Heron perched in White MangrovesTricolored Heron perched in White Mangroves – D70, handheld, f5.6, 1/640, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 240mm, natural light

This image was taken before the dawn of time when prehistoric birds still roamed the planet placing any humanoid in imminent danger when getting too close to these apex predators in subtropical estuarine habitats. I risked my life to get this image and barely made it out of the tangle of mangroves to share the story.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that long ago and certainly not too dangerous but this image of a heron perched in White Mangroves happens to be the first photo that I had taken of  a Tricolored Heron that I was very happy with, all the others before got tossed into my delete bin.

I loved the habitat, the heron’s pose and great view of the watermelon pink eyes and how this image shows that while the habitat might have made for a very busy background that the Tricolored stands out well.  I like images that show the natural environment that my subjects live in so this one fits the bill quite well.  Weedon Island Preserve in Pinellas County, Florida has a wonderful boardwalk that allows people to walk through terrific habitat for all kinds birds including Tricolored Herons and the elusive Mangrove Cuckoo.

Why did it take me so long to share this image? I had to go backwards through the mists of time to retrieve it!

Everyone needs a little silliness now and then, I guess today it is my turn.


*I am out in the wilderness fending off other dangerous birds, please feel free to share this post with other humanoids.