Great Blue Take Off

Great Blue Take Off

This is the series I always try to catch. A Great Blue Heron as they leave the nest.

It’s a leap of faith, an assumption that after they jump off the tree they fly.

If they don’t it’s a swamp, with Alligators, right below. No room for error.

Great Blue Take Off
Great Blue Take Off

The ‘tell’ of a take off is bent knees, leaning forward. It’s not 100% but it’s a motion they all use.

Great Blue Take Off
Great Blue Take Off

This Heron followed the routine perfectly.

Great Blue Take Off
Great Blue Take Off
Great Blue Take Off
Great Blue Take Off

If you miss the signs of a take off most likely you will miss everything and try for a further out in flight shot.

Every photograph here had the exact same time stamp, 4:53:40. This all occurred under 1 second.

Great Blue Take Off
Great Blue Take Off

Each year at the start of the nesting season we miss most of these opportunities. We get better, but it takes time to shake the rust off!

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