Fly-fishing Tricolored Heron

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I've never seent a Tricolored Heron fishing in flight but that is exactly what this juvenile did. It took off from the shoreline, dragged its big feet in the water, grabbed a fish from the water and never stopped flying. It landed on the shoreline not far to the left. It happened so quick and I wasn't really ready for it at all. I wish the bird wasn't so angled away from me but the action was too cool not to share and I always love how these shallow pools and bright green grasses photograph when out in the marsh. I was in my float blind for this photo and had some of these guys as well as Great and Snowy Egrets all around me, some Little Blue Herons were mixed in with the flock of probably 200+ wading birds. It was a lot of action and excitement happening all around me.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marshes

• Exposure: 1/5000 @ f/4

• ISO: 200

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.