Tricolored Heron


The Tricolored Heron is a medium-sized and strikingly slim heron with a long, daggerlike bill.


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Tricolored Heron


Tricolored Herons in mangroves at sunset


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Tricolored Heron at sunrise


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Tricolored Heron at sunrise


The Tricolored Heron is elegant in its blue-gray, lavender and white plumage.Β  And what a beautiful red eye.


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Tricolored Heron closeup


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Tricolored Heron Reflection


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Tricolored Heron getting excited for another one landing nearby


Ah, bird love is in the air in the Everglades!



45 thoughts on “Tricolored Heron

  1. I know how quick these birds are, darting here and there while hunting, so kudos on some really nice photos!

    • Thank you, Ted! I’ll go back into my older files & look at my shots of them, see if I have any juveniles in the fall, but I don’t think so. They head further south from us in the mid-Atlantic for the fall/winter. Something for me to look for in the future for sure, thanks for the tip!

  2. Especially like your close-up portrait shot Donna! A few years ago I was able to photograph a dozen or more that were hanging out at your old stomping grounds: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. It was a great experience to see them in this region. Haven’t heard of them returning to CBEC since then. However, our friendly and cooperative Great Blue Heron at Centennial Lake in Columbia has been giving us photographers “up north” some nice fishing and portrait photo ops.

    • Thank you, Steve! I just emailed you little while ago after reviewing your stunning GBH portraits, like minds think alike! πŸ™‚ Yes, I’ve seen TCHs around CBEC and at Blackwater, although haven’t heard at either place recently. Always a treat to see them! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Eliza! I’ve been wondering when things will start ‘heating up’, all the males are already chasing the females everywhere. I’m hoping to get to see plumage changes before we leave in a few weeks. They better hurry up! πŸ˜‰

  3. Love the reflection in the second shot. Such beautiful, dainty herons. Nice work! William — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

    • Thank you, Takami! Not too many birds get billed with one of their colors being lavender! πŸ™‚ I just love that color and was excited to get several opportunities with these gorgeous herons.

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