Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

Tropical Heron

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This is a Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, one of three species of Tiger-Herons. We see these birds commonly from southern Mexico to southern South America. Typically striking in color and patterns they are also endearing to photographers because many of them are not skittish and will allow relatively close approach. This species is one that prefers still water and is often found deep in undergrowth and trees. This individual was photographed in Palo Verde NP, in Costa Rica. This one was shot with a Canon R7, 100-500 lens, hand held. Shadows were brought up on the bird and highlights down in BG. Cropped from L to remove distracting branches and highlights. The BG is one that is quite common when photographing these birds-lots of reeds and branches.

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Love the Tiger-Heron shot! The background is interesting, the bird is nice and sharp. Thanks for the nice description, too. GreatBirdPic!