Light, background, action

Waterbirds are wonderful subjects on their own, but they multiply their photographic potential by their settings and behavior. Fortunately, these three were out fishing in some great, morning light at Rich Grissom wetlands in Viera, Florida.

This Tri-colored heron was fishing among lily pads and moving from emerald green water to darker reflections. I preferred the emerald green but was happiest with the pose here in darker water.

 Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Little Blue Herons have a more elegant bearing and are shier than their Tri-colored cousin. I couldn't resist the background of pickerelweed that made this image.

 Little Blue Heron in pickerelweed

Little Blue Heron in pickerelweed

The Great Blue Heron towers above the other two. As it fished in shallow water by the reeds, there was suddenly a great deal of action as its head twisted and dove under the water. However, breakfast was a bit too big and got away. Take a look at the acrobatic angle of the heron's head.

 Great Blue Heron does the twist

Great Blue Heron does the twist