All posts by Ted Jennings - TPJ Photography

How Do They Do It ?

These are just a few photographs I took while watching this heron groom. Typically I wait for them to finish, or even pass on the shot. Not this time though.

Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

The angles and twists of their neck are almost impossible. Yet, they do it all day long.

Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

I guess this was the day to sit and watch the show.

Great Blue Heron Close By

The following series of photographs were taken when a Great Blue popped up beside me and flew off to a spot, almost beside me.

After the hurricane had passed through the herons were either tired or just not about to give up their spot again. Several times during the day I almost walked right over one. And of course I wasn’t expecting them so it was loud and fast.

I was lucky to capture this sequence since this type of opportunity doesn’t happen very often. Usually it’s a quick shot, then the bird ‘butt’ image.

Great Blue Heron Close By - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Close By – Click To Enlarge

Click any image below to view the full series in detail.

The above was shot with a Canon 7D2, Sigma 150-500, at 1/1000, f 5.6, ISO 160, and 300mm.

Cropping was only to resize to a 9×16 landscape layout.

Oh Look, An Eagle

Calm, matter of fact, like almost an after thought. So much so I almost didn’t pay attention.

Bald Eagle South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bald Eagle South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

Now, this was said by a woman carrying a Canon 7D2, 400mm lens, and a pack of camera equipment. I probably looked up out of habit. There really was an eagle over my head.

Bald Eagle South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bald Eagle South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

The bird was gone pretty quick. We couldn’t even get a better angle due to the thick trees. Still not all that bad. I’m glad she was calm, we might have missed this shot entirely.