This article features some selected images of Tricolored Heron taken in Cuba with a Nikon 1 V2 and Nikon 1 CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 lens. The images were taken in a wetland area situated between the Playa Costa Verde resort and the public beach.
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The Tricolored Heron (or the Louisiana Heron as it was formerly called) is a medium sized heron that resides along the Gulf states of the USA, northern Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and central Brazil and Peru. On the eastern seaboard of the USA its range extends as far north as Virginia.
The species measures about 22 inches long (56 cm) and has a wingspan of just over three feet (1 m). Males are slightly larger than females and weigh about 14.6 ounces (415 g) compared to 11.8 ounces (334 g) for the females. They have dark backs, a long slender neck and bill, and a white belly. A white stripe runs down the throat and neck. Males and females look alike.
The Tricolored Heron eats mainly fish, amphibians, insects and crustaceans. It has a very unique hunting style, crouching very low as it wades and sometimes runs through the water. When prey is spotted its neck darts out very quickly to seize it.
The Tricolored Heron breeds in tropical swamps and nests in colonies with other herons. It builds its nest as a platform of sticks and twigs in trees and shrubs.
These birds do not seem to mind hunting reasonably close to one another, unlike other heron species that tend to be solitary hunters.
Technical Note: All images in this article were captured using a Nikon 1 V2 and Nikon 1 CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR lens. Images were produced from RAW files processed through DxO OpticsPro 10. A DNG file was then exported into CS6 and Nik Suite for additional adjustments as required.
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