Tricolored Heron – Up close

Hunting Tricolored HeronHunting Tricolored Heron – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 270mm, natural light, not baited

A few weeks ago back I posted a Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage and today I wanted to post an image of one in nonbreeding plumage from 2009.  In this image the heron’s legs are yellow, the eyes are a watermelon pink and the lores are yellow, in breeding plumage the legs are pinkish red, the eyes are a darker red and the lores and the upper portion of the bill are almost a cobalt blue.

When I photographed this hunting Tricolored Heron I was laying flat on my belly in the shallows where the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico gently lapped the shore. I found that if I laid very still that this heron would approach me very closely, at times it was too close to focus on.




  1. Susan November 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I love this image, awesome!

  2. M. Firpi November 27, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Those little waves coming in give it such dramatic realism!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 4:21 am

      Thanks Maria, I liked those little waves too

  3. Bryce Robinson November 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I love this photo. I’m a big fan of the family Ardeidae, so great photos of the bunch always strike me as special. This one stands out though. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wally November 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Nice image to highlight the differences in plumages.

  5. Prairie Birder November 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

    So Beautiful!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 4:19 am

      Thank you Charlotte.

  6. Bob Zeller November 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Awesome photo, Mia. Looks like a painting. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 4:19 am

      Thanks Bob, I only wish I could paint that well!

  7. Laurence Butler November 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Stunning bird, great shot!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 4:18 am

      Thanks Laurence, they are handsome wading birds.

  8. Bob Bushell November 26, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Well done Mia.

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