13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Tricolored Heron perching in mangrove

Wading birds can be observed hunting and fishing throughout the day at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Here, a tricolored heron with brilliant feather coloration was perched in the mangroves a few feet above the water, carefully watching for fish below.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Sanibel, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Alessandra Ashley