Tricolored Heron shaking it up on tip toes

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Tricolored Heron shaking it upTricolored Heron shaking it up on tippy toes – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

The Great Blue Heron I photographed on Christmas Day seems to have focused my attention on wading birds, yesterday it was Reddish Egrets and this morning I present a Tricolored Heron shaking its feather while on tip toes. I remember photographing this heron with my friends and fellow photographers;  Adrian, Mac and Rachel at Fort De Soto’s north beach at the lagoon near the concession stand.

I was laying down on the hard packed sand when I created this image which gave me a great low angle. Another title for this image might be “Tricolored Heron having a bad hair day”.



  1. Bryce Robinson December 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Well done again Mia. What a bird! Show me more!!

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you Bryce. I don’t know if you saw my post about the Great Blue Heron with the earth shadow behind it but I think you would love seeing that post.

  2. Laurence Butler December 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Ha! Sweet shot Mia!
    He looks excited about something 🙂

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Laurence, maybe they could see a mate in the distance that I didn’t 😉 Thanks for commenting.

  3. M. Firpi December 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Quite a behaviour Mia, I’ve not seen this before. Those feathers look so beautifully textured.

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Maria, they do love to shake those feathers up!

  4. biobabbler December 28, 2012 at 8:15 am


  5. Sherry in MT December 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Your angle on this shot was absolutely perfect. It wouldn’t have given the same effect if you’d have been shooting even straight on much less from above. Nice job!

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you Sherry, I adored being able to see under those toes.

  6. Carol MATTINGLY December 28, 2012 at 8:05 am

    He is beautiful Mia. You capture these birds so graciously.

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you Carol, I always loved spending time with these birds.

  7. Bob Bushell December 28, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Perfection. It’s a winner Mia.

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Bob, they are fun birds to photograph.

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