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Patience Pays

Tri-colored heron waiting for dinner

reflective darkening ~ Delray Beach, Florida U.S.A.


1st Place Competition Winner - January 2012 ~ Excellence in Avian Photography Group


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3rd Place Competition Winner - February 2013 ~ Fauna and Flora Group




The Tricolored or Louisiana Heron does not swim but wades in deep water. Audubon called this bird "Lady of the Water" because of its grace and beauty. It resembles the Great Blue Heron but is much smaller and more delicate. Its white belly clearly distinguishes it from all other Herons. It strides briskly through the water, sometimes running after fish and catching them with a thrust of the beak. This action is so fast that it can only be caught with a shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second!


The name Louisiana Heron is very misleading because it also lives in coastal states from North Carolina to Texas, and especially in Florida.



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Taken on December 18, 2011