Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron

When a Great Blue lands the size of their wingspan is on display. At 6 1/2 feet (1.98cm) , it looks enormous. It’s really impressive.

Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

If they fly by close you can hear them coming.

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Matte Finish Tricolored Heron

I don’t like a Matte finish, on the image itself or print paper. That said, this started out as a mistake.

Matte Finish Tricolored Heron - Click To Enlarge
Matte Finish Tricolored Heron – Click To Enlarge

The coloring of the bird made me change my mind, at least for this set.

Matte Finish Tricolored Heron - Click To Enlarge
Matte Finish Tricolored Heron – Click To Enlarge

By default you lose clarity and sharpness. I don’t see myself changing my opinion.

Ashley River

Many times in the articles here I mention the Ashley River. I have added this quick photograph just as a point of reference.

The Ashley River is a blackwater / tidal river in South Carolina, rising from the Wassamassaw and Great Cypress Swamps in western Berkeley County. The river length is only 22 miles.

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Ashley River – Click To Enlarge

For the most part the banks of the river are marshes, until it reaches Charleston. Then it eventually joins the Cooper River and empties into Charleston Harbor.

Before reaching Charleston the river is home to an enormous amount of wildlife and is a critical habitat.

Watching A Great Blue Heron

These photographs were taken on a very bright day, too bright really. However, one thing about shooting wildlife is you have no control over most things.

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

The Herons have been staying along the marsh that runs alongside the Ashley River. Getting to the back here is about 1 1/2 miles. A hike but there is usually something to see.

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

This day there were multiple Herons so it was well worth the walk.

TPJ Photography