Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tricolored heron and white ibis, Bunche Beach

A tricolored heron and a white ibis wade through a tidal pool

I had the chance to spend a few days in Florida over a long weekend to visit my grandparents, and I went out each morning at sunrise to do some photography. Florida is an incredible place for birds, and in the first 5 minutes of the drive from the airport after I arrived, I had seen three new species in the ditches along the roads (anhinga, little blue heron, and white ibis) -- amazing! The tricolored heron was another new bird for me, and I was able to photograph this one, along with the white ibis, feeding in a tidal pool at Bunche Beach. There are interesting birds everywhere there, and I can imagine that a few days of dedicated photography could seriously increase a bird photographer's portfolio! I'm already looking forward to the next time I'm able to wander the beaches and mangroves in Florida again!

Submitted to the World Bird Wednesday blog meme -- follow the link to check out this week's posts!



26 comments:

  1. very nice! we had a flock of white ibis visit here one winter. i'd love to see a tri-color!

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  2. I love the Tricolored Heron! They're gorgeous birds!

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  3. Our trips to Florida have always been to visit family and we've never had a chance to enjoy the great birding. You make me sorry we passed up the opportunity.

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  4. Never seen one of those. Great capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. Beautiful capture! Florida is one of my favorite place to photograph birds. Love all the stunning feather colors the Tricolored Heron sports.

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  6. a lovely photograph Pat; the tri-colour certainly is impressive.

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  7. Lovely image Pat! Congrats on the lifers.

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    1. That heron has beautiful color. Great photo showing both birds.

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  8. Wonderful shot Pat. The thought of you doing a two week shoot in Florida now during prime birding time staggers the imagination. Please make the arrangements, I will have a bake sale to support the cause!

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  9. Hope you were able to get over to sanibel!

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  10. What a stunning image, just beautiful!!!

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  11. WOW, Pat! This is a gorgeous shot!

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  12. Great shot!!!
    Beautiful colors
    Regards,

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  13. Beautiful breeding plumage on the tricolored Pat. I remember when they were called Louisiana herons.

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  14. Your photos are incredible, Pat.. thank you for sharing the beauty.
    ~:)

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  15. I am a big fan of tricolored's Pat. Your post reminds me of how long it has been since I have been to Florida and have the itch to go back.

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  16. Pat,
    I work for the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley and would like to use one of your images of elk to illustrate a one pager I'm creating about our work in state and national parks. Reg Barrett is a wildlife researcher here who has done work on the elk at Pt Reyes so an elk picture would be great. My email address is powell@berkeley.edu. I'd like to make the one pager a handout at a little event 3/18 at Pt. Reyes I'm organizing, so I hope you are not off in the wilderness right now. If you were back in CA at that time, you'd be welcome to attend.
    Bernadette Powell

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