TriColored Heron – Juvenile on Rock

"TriColored Heron juvenile on rock in Big Cypress WMA"

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – BIG CYPRESS WMA, FL

Photograph taken in the Big Cypress National Preserve off MM62 on Alligator Alley (I-75). I was using a Nikon D90 camera with a Tamron 28-300mm lens.

TriColored Heron Trivia:

The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) formerly known in North America as the Louisiana Heron, is a small heron. It is a resident breeder from the Gulf states of the USA and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru. There is some post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range.

Tricolored Heron’s breeding habitat is sub-tropical swamps. It nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. In each clutch, 3-7 eggs are typically laid.

This species is about 56 cm (22 in) long, with a 96 cm (38 in) wingspan and weighs 350 g (12 oz). It is a medium-large, long-legged, long-necked heron with a long pointed yellowish or greyish bill with a black tip. The legs and feet are dark.

Adults have a blue-grey head, neck, back and upperwings, with a white line along the neck. The belly is white. In breeding plumage, they have long blue filamentous plumes on the head and neck, and buff ones on the back.

Tricolored Heron stalks its prey in shallow or deeper water, often running as it does so. It eats fish, crustaceans, reptiles and insects.

Subject Photo exif Data

Camera Make and Model NIKON D90

Photo taken on April 22, 2010, 12:46 am

Focal Length 130mm

Shutter Speed 1/125

Aperture @ƒ/8

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7 thoughts on “TriColored Heron – Juvenile on Rock

  1. The Florida Everglades are just awesome for bird viewing and photography. We spent six nights camping at two different spots this past February. One of the craziest things we saw was a Double-crested Cormorant riding on the back of a crocodile – got some low res video which is pretty neat.

    Great photo – and one that brings back memories for us.

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