An afternoon of poor choices and disappointment. For me and a heron.
My plan had been to park myself by the ‘skinny tree’ where a Great Blue had found a partner. I didn’t consider the time of day, or the clear sky with sun. However, big Cypress Trees line the edge and I stood behind one to block the sun from my face and lens. A good, not great plan.
I would only have a brief moment to see the mate fly in and grab focus. While I was waiting at least 5 Great Blues came in heading towards other nests out of my view.
Below, the mate finally came in from behind some other Cypress, low and not very slow.
However he climbed towards the nest and I kept focus, and no direct sun on me.
The big surprise now. He didn’t stop. The turn was made but he changed his mind. The Great Blue on the nest was looking disappointed. I wanted the shots of a landing. Nothing, but a few passing photos.
Judging by the reaction of the bird on the nest, a lack of excitement, this may not have been the mate.
In short, I had a few shots and was lucky to get these. The better choice would have on the other side of the swamp. Nests are further out but there was plenty of activity. Everything happens early or late so once the spot is picked you stay with it.
I’m OK with whatever happens, not many people have the opportunity to make the wrong choice LOL.