Tricolored Herons times Three

Tricolored Heron on the shore of Lake MaggioreTricolored Heron on the shore of Lake Maggiore

I’ve mentioned before that light can impact the final results of an image and the background can as well. Some people might think the background in the image above is messy but I think that the palm fronds that are reaching towards the water a compliment to the curving lines of the Tricolored Heron and there are similar colors on the palm fronds and the back of the heron. The gnarly tree stump also seems to echo the feet of this Tricolored.

Tricolored Heron in golden lightTricolored Heron in golden light

This image has less “mess in the background but there is enough variation in the colors to be interesting and the bubbles on the surface of the water add a bit of tension.

Tricolored Heron in pastel water and soft lightTricolored Heron in pastel water and soft light

The smooth pastel water in this image has a nice texture and color which contrasts with the herons plumage. The background is simple and doesn’t detract from the heron at all.

I actually like the backgrounds in each of these images, all of them show the habitat that Tricolored Herons might be found in and highlight the birds too.



  1. Tami May 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Wonderful collection of beautiful images, Mia!

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Tami, Tricolored Herons are beautiful waders.

  2. Lynn Koch May 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos, Mia. I love Herons of any stripe and these Tricolored Herons are really lovely.

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thank you Lynn, I love Herons too and I am always happy to see them!

  3. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    My thanks to everyone who commented on these Tricolored Heron images!

  4. Carol Mattingly May 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful images.

  5. Bryce Robinson May 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    These photos are incredible! I just love this species Mia. They are so fun to observe. I’d say one of my top Ardeids.

  6. Stu May 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    great shots Mia. I especially like the second photo.

  7. eric c11 May 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    very nice serie, and a beautifull heron
    i like the unusual bokeh of the 1st, very nice composition like that
    have a nice day mia ☼

  8. judy watson May 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Beautiful Herons! I’ve not seen one. I would like to now.

  9. Eileen May 26, 2013 at 7:42 am

    They are beautiful herons! Mia, awesome shots of the Tri-colored herons.

  10. Kathleen May 26, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Beautiful! I especially love the second image. The ripples and bubbles convey a sense of frozen time.

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