Category Archives: Birds of America

Great Blue Heron Portrait

Great grey heron Portrait
Great grey heron Portrait

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias), a beautiful bird, seen here in close up at Shark Valley, the Everglades National Park, Florida. A large heron standing over 4 foot tall with as wingspan of more than 6 foot with subtle pink tints to his feathers against the main colors of black, gray and white. A beautiful and impressive bird, typical of the birds to be found among the rich and diverse wildlife to be found in the Everglades. It was an absolute privilege to be able to get so close to him. The natural reeds of the Wetlands provide the bokeh background here

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Great Egret

Great Egret Everglades

Taken at Shark Valley in the Everglades, Florida, this is a particularly beautiful bird, know as the Great White Egret, The great Egret or Casmerodius albus. It is a large member of the Heron family, standing up to 4ft tall. I am particularly pleased with the lighting on this shot and the natural frame the foliage provides.
Taken tripod mounted on the Canon 7D with the Canon 100-400mm L lens at 400mm, 100 ISO, f/6.3 distance was 14.9m Exposure bias -1.3 to avoid blowing the whites

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Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Tricolor Heron in the Everglades

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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