Tricolored Heron hunting the Gulf of Mexico’s shoreline

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Tricolored in sea foamTricolored Heron hunting the Gulf of Mexico’s shoreline – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

Tricolored Herons are smaller than Great Blue Herons and larger than Snowy Egrets and all three of these wading birds hunt in many of the same locations along the Gulf Coast. While I lived in Florida I saw, observed and photographed Tricolored Herons quite often at Fort De Soto County Park as they hunted the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, Spartina marshes and in the tidal lagoons. I also photographed them in inland locations such as lakes, ponds, swamps, wetlands and along the shores of rivers. They are striking in breeding plumage with their bright blue bills and lores but I also believe they are equally as striking in their nonbreeding plumage which is shown above.

I love the foam in this image even though it covers the heron’s feet and just looking at this image transports me back in time to a warm day filled with the sound of waves, the smell of the sea breeze and the visual delight of plentiful birds.

Life is good.



  1. Colleen October 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Love the texture of the foam in the photo.

  2. Elephant's Child October 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Gorgeous. As ever. Thank you.

  3. Patty Chadwick October 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    A beautiful image, Mia! I love the foamy waters…can almost feel the soft breeze, smell the salt water,msee the foam build up into bubbly mounds and hear the rustle of palms….a nice trip back in time….

  4. Lois Bryan October 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Amazing detail in Birdie … love the capture of the white down the lovely curving throat … and focus even in the surf-bubbles … wow!!!!

  5. Ian Holland October 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

    One of the best photos I have seen in a long time!

  6. Montanagirl October 2, 2014 at 7:04 am


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