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Keeping House

Keeping House
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Florida
Date Submitted: 2007-04-19 0:35
Viewed: 2762
Points: 18
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Tricolored Heron
Egretta tricolor

Aigrette tricolore (French)
Garceta tricolor, Garza pechiblanca (Spanish)
Louisiana Heron (English)

The tricolored heron is about 22 inches in length and has a wingspan of about three feet. It has slate blue feathers on most of its body except for a white chest and belly and a rust-colored neck. It has long yellow legs, a white stripe that runs up its neck and long pointed yellow bill. The bill turns blue during breeding season. Males and females look alike.

The tricolored heron breeds in southeastern New Mexico and Texas, on the Gulf Coast and on the Atlantic Coast from Florida to southern Maine. It winters from Texas and New Jersey south to northern South America and the West Indies.

The tricolored heron can be found in marshes, swamps, bayous, mudflats, lagoons and coastal ponds.

The tricolored heron wades in the water in search of prey. It mostly eats fish but it also will eat amphibians, insects and crustaceans.

Life Cycle:
The nesting territory is selected by the male. The female lays three to four eggs on a nest of sticks placed on a bed of reeds or in a tree. Both the male and female build the nest and incubate the eggs. The chicks hatch in about three weeks. Both parents care for the chicks and feed them regurgitated food. The chicks fledge in a little over a month.

The tricolored heron is also known as the Louisiana heron. It sometimes wades in deep water when looking for food and all that can be seen of it above the water is its body.

This photo was taken at a Bird Sanctuary.


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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-19 1:08]

Nice composition, the light is good the sharpness also, good picture of heron in his nest with the two big eggs, TFS.


Nice compositon and a lovely moment captured forever.
Well Done,
Nick :-)

Hello Manyee
Excellent shot of this Tricolored Heron,
Great using of flash,Welldone.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-19 5:56]

Oooh Manyee, this is a superb shot! What a catch. I love the POV and the colour, light and sharpness on the heron is superb. Are there babies in the nest? Wonderful composition.

Lovely shot full of colour and good light. Well detailed and its a very special composition.
Best wishes,

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-19 9:14]

Hi Manyee, its nice to see different aspects of nature. We sometimes like to get that great pose but I also enjoy seeing nature and natural habitat to. It's a lovely image of the mother tending her little ones to be. Good image of the bird and the background helps give the picture some warmth. Well done, thanks.


This is a lovely maternal moment. I like the "story" presented. some sort of action always add so much to an animal shot. I'm curious about the yellow cast in this image. What time of day did you take it?

Evelynn : )

Dear Manyee
Excellent photo. I like the design as well as showing the bird in context. Fill flash worked well.

Hi Manyee.
Interesting motive. Very impressive picture. Well done. tfs. Stev

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