Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge

Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron

Most birds will give a signal, a consistent motion, when they plan on taking off. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen really fast, but at least you have a fighting chance of getting the shot.

Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

The bird above is alert, but that’s probably a good thing considering where he lives.

Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

And then it’s a quick bend. Great Blues tend do drop lower than other wading birds. Maybe it’s the big wing span. It makes for an extra moment to get the shot.

Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

Most times bird’s prefer to take off into the wind, it helps with lift off.

Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

For a bird like this all it takes is 2 or 3 flaps with the large wings. After that, the photograph is the classic bird butt shot. Of which I have taken thousands.

And yes, gear matters. Without a long lens to zoom along with the motion, and 10 frames a second, I can’t get these. Even with that I don’t catch these often enough.

 

3 thoughts on “Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron”

    1. Thanks. Great Blues are common here for most of the year. Big birds, almost look a person in the eye. Show affection to their mate, tolerate people, and over all one of the most interesting birds. Until moving to the south I was never able to interact with them. Now it’s almost daily.

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