Juvenile Tricolored Heron Portrait

A closeup image of a Juvenile Tricolored Heron that I photographed early in the morning years ago as it was foraging in the shallow water along the Wildlife Drive at J.N. Ding Darling NWR in Sanibel, Florida. You can get quite a few closeup images early in the morning as the wading birds are foraging for their morning meal along the Drive. This was an older Juvenile as it’s reddish neck with spots of reddish feathers on their wings and upper back were starting to turn to the darker blue color. I was using a 400mm Canon DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconver on a Canon 1D mkIV.

Tricolored Heron With Breeding Plumage On Nest

These images of a Tricolored Heron in Breeding Plumage on the nest were taken a couple of years ago on a photo trip to Florida. These were taken at the Rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Canon R. This combo worked great for getting images in the Rookery because there were so many photo opportunities, some were far off but many were extremely close, almost too close! I was fortunate to come upon this Tricolored Heron in High Breeding Plumage on a very close nest. It is only in High Breeding plumage for a few days. During the peak of the breeding these herons have the distinctive coloration of red eyes, purplish feathers, pinkish legs and bright blue bill. The Tricolored Heron is also known as the Louisiana Heron. The Featured image was taken @ 600mm & cropped slightly.

Tricolored heron on nest with eggs, Tamron 150-600mm @ 428mm, Canon R
Tricolored heron on nest, Tamron 150-600mm @ 515mm, Canon R
Tricolored heron on nest with eggs, Tamron 150-600mm @ 428mm, Canon R

TriColored Heron On Nest

A portrait of a TriColored Heron on a nest at the St. Augustine Rookery. Image taken with a 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm on a Canon R.

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TriColored Herons

Still going through images from our Florida photo trip last year. This time I am posting Tricolored Heron Images. The images here are still from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery. The featured image was taken with a Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 450mm with a Canon R.

Tricolored Herons, 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 330mm, Canon R
Tricolored Herons, Different Nest with eggs, 2 image panorama, cropped, Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 150mm, Canon R
Tricolored Heron on another Nest, Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 273mm, Canon R
Another TriColored Heron Nest, Tamron 150-600mm @300mm, Canon R
TriColored Heron, Tamron 150-600mm, @ 400mm, Canon R

TriColored Heron

I was going through bird images looking for one to post instead of more landscapes. I came across this image of a Tricolored Heron. This was from a small local Wildlife Area where I used to live and was a not a common visitor to this small lake. Image taken in early evening with a 400mm f/4 DO lens @ f/4.5, 1/160 sec.

Tricolored Heron Nest With Eggs

I have not posted recently because we were traveling to a variety of spots for a photography vacation. The featured image is a Tricolored Heron Nest in a rookery at one of our stops. The image is a 2 image panorama @ 600mm and I did not want to zoom out to get it all in so I went with 2 handheld shots to assemble for the final image. I also wanted to show a little more to the right & left around the nest. It was an interesting spot to photograph with a wide variety of nesting birds with probably over 100 nests throughout the rookery. I was trying out a 150-600mm lens and it seemed to work extremely well with a Canon R mirrorless camera body. Especially with the White birds in bright sunlight, all types of Egrets, Herons & Wood Storks, etc. The Canon R did not blow out any of the highlights and had amazing detail in the “whites”. It especially worked well with the fine feathery Breeding Plumage


Tricolored Heron Eggs in Nest



Another single image from a 2 image series showing nest, but cutting off right bill. 2nd image would show more to the right background.


Rainy Day

I came upon this Tricolored Heron sitting on a branch, feathers puffed out because of the drizzly rain. I thought the heron looked interesting because of the different look of the feathers and the larger look of the body. A different look from how I usually find them.

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Another Wet Tricolored Heron
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO f/4 IS, handheld @ f/4.5, 1/200 sec. , ISO 1600

Tricolored Heron Hunting

Northern NJ got another snow storm and frigid below normal temperatures, so I thought I would warm up by going through more of my photos from our trip to Florida. This Tricolored Heron was hunting along an inlet that I was walking along. They were formerly called the Louisiana Heron and are a medium sized Heron, smaller than a Great Blue, but larger than the Night Herons. This one was concentrated on walking along the shore giving me an opportunity to get many shots as it walked towards me and then away from me. On the header photo, even at 1/400 sec, I got a little motion blur on the left leg. I still liked the photo though, it gave it a little sense of movement and the bubbles coming up with the rest sharp so it looked a little less static.

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Tricolored Heron Taking Wide Strides
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO f/4 lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter, f/11, 1/400 sec, ISP 1250, -0.33 exposure compensation

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