I caught this heron fishing along the banks of a large pond. The bird was determined to walk the full length, I tagged along from the other side. Taking a ridiculous amount of photographs.
How many I took I don’t know. I think the images here were almost picked at random. Digital makes a photographer less discriminate, high speed at 10 shots a second compounds the issue. Being old school I usually dial down to 4 – 5 per second so I can catch a single image with a quick touch of the shutter.
This time I didn’t slow down, now the hard part, deletes.
Each time I photograph a Great Blue during a hunt the focus they maintain is amazing. At times a bird will stand frozen, no movement, for as long as I can watch them. Other times the slow motion movement almost hurts to watch.
Of course when the hunt is over, they stand around and scratch.
Not once, but twice he flew through the air. When something this big hits the water it’s loud. Now, if you didn’t know he was there, but you knew what it had to be, well that gets your attention twice as fast.
The first time I never did see him hit the water. My wife was walking a little ahead and she must have scared him. 12 – 13 feet long, but him being scared of us is a good thing. Anyway, as she walked by he threw himself from the bank down into the water. That makes a very big splash.
No matter how large these big ones are they still can ‘slide’ into the water. No fuss, just slip away with a small splash. Belly flop is not common.
The second time it was me who bumped into him. Again my wife was ahead, this time pretty far ahead. I watched this alligator swim along the water and move into brush near the far trail. Just so there were no surprises I walked up to meet her and yes, he was already there.
Short version he did another belly flop, and of course I jumped straight up. This was an even louder one so not only did I jump but a few Snowy Egrets hidden on the bank took off loud and fast.
For perspective the large one in the water above is the ‘flopper’. He went out and took possession of this old platform. No trouble from the residents already there.
The last alligator here…..OK, different animal.
This one was about 1/2 mile back down the trail. And, not as big either. I took the shot as I walked out of the big marsh because I like alligators.