This is arguably the prettiest of the American herons and is know as the Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor), a relatively small sized heron, found in the South Eastern parts of the USA, down through central America to Peru and in the Carribean.
It has the most beautifully coloured plumage, white, and brown with subtle hints of pink.
This bird is a youngster, nearing adulthood and still has a few downy feathers (you can see one stuck to his beak, from his preening).
A classic heron shape with the long neck, held in an S form when at rest and held straight out when in flight
This shot was taken at Shark Valley in the Everglades National Park, Florida, America.
I visited this stunning area several times during a fantastic 2 week trip in October 2012
Taken on the Canon 7D with the rather wonderful canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens (a big white) at 400mm f/5.6 and 1/1250s, tripod mounted.
The subtle backlighting, has brought out a lovely effect on the feathers on the back of his neck and a glow to the leaves of his perch which provides a rather lovely natural frame. The background blur effect (bokeh) is a natural result of the 400mm lens setting and a relatively large aperture giving a narrow depth of field
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