Category Archives: Heron

Young Heron Flying Around Me

How do you get to shoot a Night Heron in flight? Have one fly circles around you. With an Alligator nearby of course.

Young Heron Flying Around Me
Young Heron Flying Around Me

These small Herons are pretty fast, and shy.

Young Heron Flying Around Me
Young Heron Flying Around Me

However this juvenile wasn’t sure where to land, so for a few minutes he didn’t.

Young Heron Flying Around Me
Young Heron Flying Around Me

I don’t think I have ever captured this many in flight of a Night Heron before, he gave me plenty of opportunities. In several shots you can see an Alligator in the background.

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Young Heron Flying Around Me
Young Heron Flying Around Me

Little Blue In A Garden Pond

Taken in the old Magnolia Plantation garden pond. Actually a small swamp area fed by the pond. It’s not near as clean and manicured.

Little Blue In A Garden Pond
Little Blue In A Garden Pond

This Heron is one of a few that stay around the main plantation ponds.

Little Blue In A Garden Pond
Little Blue In A Garden Pond

If fishing is good they will ignore people walking by, within reason.

 

Early Morning Great Blue Heron

I think this was the first shot taken this day (last week).

Early Morning Great Blue Heron
Early Morning Great Blue Heron

A morning of light rain and low clouds.

Early Morning Great Blue Heron
Early Morning Great Blue Heron

There was a time I would skip days like this. It’s fall so this light is what we get so as long as the subjects aren’t moving I just drop the speed low and hope they don’t move.

 

Where River Meets Marsh

Taken on a ‘not so nice’ day. Actually I didn’t expect to see anything.

Where River Meets Marsh
Where River Meets Marsh

This was taken on the marsh side of a long dike. The other side is a river.  The Ashley River from here ends just above Charleston, a few miles down river.

Where River Meets Marsh
Where River Meets Marsh

Low light, and using a walk around lens that needs it, made for some darker images. However the Herons were not moving around so I could shoot at a slower speed.

Where River Meets Marsh
Where River Meets Marsh

Night Heron On A Trunk

For a juvenile Black-crowned you can’t beat this spot for fishing. Sit up on the trunk braces and wait for something to swim by.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

If the water’s not high there may be a place to stand below on the gate itself.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

He needs to keep an eye on that pesky ‘camera photo’ critter, but he seems harmless.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

I have never leaned over to watch when he drops down the trunk. It’s probably a little tricky with water flowing and maybe an Alligator nearby. I don’t need to make it any more difficult for him.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

Tricolored, Just Enough

There was just enough light, just enough wet, just enough green, and of course just enough luck.

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Tricolored, Just Enough
Tricolored, Just Enough

They are beautiful birds and the tangled fall grasses gave these shots a great background.

Tricolored, Just Enough
Tricolored, Just Enough
Tricolored, Just Enough
Tricolored, Just Enough

Even the ruby red eyes came through in the final photograph.

Tricolored, Just Enough
Tricolored, Just Enough

At the time I was thinking to skip the photographs all together because of the grass. I think it made the images much better…hind sight.