Breeding plumage Tricolored Heron in flight

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Breeding plumage Tricolored Heron in flightBreeding plumage Tricolored Heron in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 185mm, natural light

I’ve always liked this image of a Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage that flew past me while I sat in the water  of a tidal lagoon near a Spartina marsh in Florida. Warm water, a sea breeze, birds, nature and photography.

I was in my element. Or is that elements?


*Because of Google’s changes in Image Search and how they have begun to hotlink to my larger images I will no longer post large versions of my files on my blog.


  1. Hummingbird Lover February 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Hi! Colors are so beautiful and the flight brings out the georgous bird! Great shot! Have a great Day!

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you Mom, I love you.

  2. LaNelle February 6, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Just BEAUTIFUL ! How could you not love nature and birding after looking at Mia’s photo’s……thanks for sharing your gift!

  3. Sally Wood February 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I agree with Susan, gorgeous. The water looks great, too!

  4. Beverly Everson February 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Beautifully captured! Such bright colors and a crisply clear shot!

  5. Azstu February 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Great colors Mia!

  6. Wally February 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    It seems as if each season offers something different to amaze us. Wonderful quality image!

  7. Merrill Ann Gonzales February 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Your photo is the next best thing to being there…. you can almost imagine the motion of it’s flight. Many thanks.

  8. M. Firpi February 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Beautiful Mia. I know what you mean by being in your element. Now that I’m blogging about flowers, I hope you don’t stop following me. What I meant in my email was a “badge” of your website, to put on my blog.

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Maria, I won’t stop following you! I’ll work on the badge when I get a few moments of free time.

  9. Scott (@NESASK) February 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Gorgeous shot, Mia!

  10. Larry Jordan February 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    A truly stunning image Mia! I believe, at 185mm, that beautiful Tricolored Heron considered you part of the landscape. Well done!

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Yeah Larry, I spent so much time in the water there that maybe the birds thought I was just a clump of flotsam!

  11. Syl Lobato February 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    The clarity of the photo is awesome and the colors are breathtaking..thanks for sharing..your work brings new meaning to Nature..

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you very much from one artist to another Syl.

  12. Sherry in MT February 5, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful image Mia and I think herons breeding plumage is the absolute bomb!

  13. Tami February 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Love the beautiful blues with the bright red eye. Great capture, Mia!

  14. Bob Bushell February 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I love it, beautiful shot.

  15. judy watson February 5, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Would love to see this bird!

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      You never know Judy, one could show up here in Utah. I know I always “expect the unexpected”!

  16. Laurence Butler February 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Ah man, that blue face is killer!

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Yeah, that blue melted my face Laurence!

  17. Susan February 5, 2013 at 6:35 am


  18. eric c11 February 5, 2013 at 5:15 am

    very very nice ☺

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you very much Eric

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