Tranquil Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron TranquilityTricolored Heron in still water – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 360mm, natural light

There is a quality that feels very tranquil about this Tricolored Heron image for me. It may be the still, silky texture of the water or the soft pastel color of the water created by the early morning light. It might be the relaxed pose of the Tricolored Heron or it may be a combination of them all.

I had belly-crawled in the sand at Fort De Soto County Park in Florida until I was laying at the edge of a tidal lagoon when I photographed this to get a low angle and so that I wouldn’t startle the heron. As I recall this Tricolored Heron stayed in this location for at least half an hour and it gave me the opportunity to compose quite a few images. Some were vertical, some were horizontal and I also varied the focal length on my zoom lens. I came away very pleased with the pictures I had taken of this heron and then crawled backwards so that I wouldn’t cause the bird to take flight before I headed down the beach in search of more birds.


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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. Gorgeous bird and photo! I like the lighting, and how he just seems to be hanging out undisturbed by anything.

  2. Quiet, serene, lovely!

  3. Your photographs are amazing, the softness of the water really brings the Heron to life.

  4. The epitome of serenity. And beauty. Thank you.
    I am pretty sure that if I attempted a belly crawl anywhere near water my camera would be washed. Thoroughly.

  5. Very serene image – lovely color and can really see nice detail in feathering on back.

  6. He does indeed seem like a thoughtful fellow!! Love your belly-shot description!!!

  7. A very peaceful portrait Mia !

  8. The combination of colors and textures in this image is very pleasing. Light gray vs dark gray with a touch of orange and yellow. Don’t be offended by the crudeness of my color description: my wife said I had a small box of crayons as a kid.

  9. Beautiful Heron photo.

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