Tricolored Heron hunting in the surf

Tricolored Heron hunting in the surfTricolored Heron hunting in the surf – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 122mm, natural light, not baited

My post for today is just a simple image of a Tricolored Heron I photographed as it hunted in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico in coastal Florida one June day 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. I often think the Tricolored Heron is copying me when I’m sneaking along the shoreline, furtively approaching a subject, poised with a lens, ready to strike at any moment!

    Magnificent photograph, Mia!

  2. It’s interesting looking at this. It is a lovely shot, but I think if you had the same opportunity today, you would produce an even better result. I can’t tell you exactly why, but that was my initial impression. They’re a handsome heron!

  3. You have the absolute best Tricolored Heron images Mia. I can only imagine my elation if I was able to look through your TRHE folder on your computer. Gems, the lot of them!

  4. Love this image Mia. Like Patty, we’ve had our share of weird weather and last week I was thinking of Florida for our honeymoon (getting married in March) but due to the short spring break, we decided on Park City, Utah where you can at least count on clean air.

    • Utahbooklover, Congrats on your upcoming nuptials!

      Yes, the weather has been weird and it is even starting to get to me. I am usually very optimistic about everything but have found myself lacking in optimism for sunshine and birds these past few weeks. Park City does have much cleaner air than the valley “sigh”.

  5. Very, very beautiful. Thank you.

  6. It rained all day yesterday, most of night—some freezing rain–gray and windy today, temperatures very unstable, wide swings, (ex. 47–5–53 degrees in 3 days), energy levels, spirits low, feel off balance. Long for white sand, turquoise water, white foam, mangroves, banyans, seaweed, small shells and bits of driftwood, hermit crabs and blue skies….

  7. a great photo of my favorite heron

  8. Simple but, excellent photo Mia.

  9. They are gorgeous herons! Great shot, Mia!

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