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Old May 28, 2014, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default Tri-colored Herons nest building

Last week I went for a walk on a boardwalk nature trail at one of the local parks. As I was walking thru a grove of some smaller palm trees, I spied a pair of Tricolored Herons building a nest, almost at eye level about 6 feet off the boardwalk. The light was bright and contrasty with deep shadows, but the photos mostly came out okay. All shots taken with the E-3 and 50-200mm.











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Old May 29, 2014, 6:13 AM   #2
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Great series, really like the last one.

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Agreed. The last one is very good
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Fantastic shots Steven, the last one is my favorite also.

Love the sharpness and colors of your pictures.
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Great series, really like the last one.

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Fantastic shots Steven, the last one is my favorite also.

Love the sharpness and colors of your pictures.
Thanks you very much Mike, Gilles, and Marcelo. The last shot is also my favorite. I hope to get back over there in a few weeks to take some shots of the mother sitting on the nest.

Marcelo, I'm not very good at PP, and therefore I don't do a lot of it. So the credit really goes to the E-3 and the 50-200mm instead of my PP skills.

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I liked the last one the most but I liked all of them. I've never seen a tricolored heron- what an interesting and pretty bird. The colors are subtle and difficult to capture in bright sunlight.
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I liked the last one the most but I liked all of them. I've never seen a tricolored heron- what an interesting and pretty bird. The colors are subtle and difficult to capture in bright sunlight.
Thanks Ted. Yes, I think that last one is a very good pose and I really like it. The Tricolored Herons are a much smaller bird than the Great Blue Herons, and hard to get close to. I have a collection of tri-colored heron photos, but none from as close as this.

I was surprised that this pair were building a nest so close to a boardwalk that has a regular stream of people walking by. I would guess that they have built in that spot before and are used to the people. Herons tend to return to the same spots every year if the nest location is satisfactory.
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very good pictures, but seems on photo that they are not the fastest nest builders
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very good pictures, but seems on photo that they are not the fastest nest builders
Thanks, Lordje.

I don't know how long the Tri-colored Herons take to build a nest, but the Great Blue Herons that nest behind my house usually take more than a week to build a nest every year.
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Steven, you know my like for 'anybird' HERON and I really like these photos with the favorite of favorites too being the last. We don't have this heron here, I wish we did.
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