Tricolored Heron hunting in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico

Tricolored Heron hunting in the surf of the Gulf of MexicoTricolored Heron hunting in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico – D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Waves, warm sand, a camera in hand and a Tricolored Heron. Such simple things but they bring such great pleasure. The Tricolored Heron paid no attention at all to the woman laying in the wet sand with one glassy eye pointed at it as it foraged along the shoreline with waves crashing around it. It was focused entirely on finding prey which allowed me to create a great series of images of it.


Taken at Fort Desoto County Park, Florida in 2008

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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. Great timing, Mia. It must be nice to think of days like that when it’s cold and snowing.

  2. Love the bubbles Mia!

  3. Superb photography Mia! The raised foot adds tension. Everything is sharp.

  4. Superb composition of a really beautiful heron!
    My problem is, sometimes I get so comfortable in the warm water and sand I forget why I’m there until the subject flaps over me.

  5. spectacular capture!!!!!! Love the crystal bubbles in of the surf … fabulous color!!!! And he POSED for you!!! “How’s my profile?” Love it!!!

  6. WOW – I have no words to describe your photography – except “Amazing” !!

  7. hi mia =)
    i like this heron in the middle of the waves, very nice pose too
    see you soon ☺

  8. Brilliant photograph Mia.

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