Great Blue Heron Going High (3 images)

Most in flight photographs are ‘fly by’ shots. I guess you could call these ‘fly ups’.

It’s an unusual angle here, and you can view the full wing span (approx. 6 1/2 feet, 2 m) as he climbs.

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

Click any image above to view the wing and feather details.

Two Alligators Guarding The Trail

A favorite nap spot, but (almost) right in the way.

Two Alligators Guarding The Trail - Click To Enlarge
Two Alligators Guarding The Trail – Click To Enlarge

A few feet from here is a great spot to photograph a Great Blue Heron nest. There is enough room between trees if one flies by an in flight photo is also an option.

Two Alligators Guarding The Trail - Click To Enlarge
Two Alligators Guarding The Trail – Click To Enlarge

If you don’t get there first just walk by and take a spot a little further down. If you are first chances are one or more will swim up close, and go by checking to see if you have left yet. Pretty funny since they will make a circle, and stop by again.

Two Alligators Guarding The Trail - Click To Enlarge
Two Alligators Guarding The Trail – Click To Enlarge

This smaller one has the answer. He grabs the branch hanging into the water, you can have the land at the other end. Everybody’s happy.

An Ordinary Object, Not Looking Ordinary

“An ordinary object, not looking ordinary”. That’s a quote from someone but I can’t remember who, always liked it.

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Canoe – Click To Enlarge

I walked by on my way from a marsh and snapped this. Most every time I grab a quick shot of something it’s deleted later for a bunch of reasons. each meaning it was junk.

I just liked this.

Perfect Light For A Great Egret

The big issue with photographing Great Egrets is how white they are. One mistake and the entire shot is blown out, the bird is over exposed. It happens all the time.

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Perfect Light For A Great Egret – Click To Enlarge

This egret flew into the shadow, all the bright sun and reeds maybe 15 feet behind. All that served to highlight the details of his feathers and structure. I could not have picked a better place.

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Perfect Light For A Great Egret – Click To Enlarge

Click any image below for a close and detailed look.

 

Male Heron Returning With Sticks

These 3 photographs capture the ritual that occurs every day, over and over. The male leaves to find the perfect stick, the female inspects when he returns, and with luck she likes it.

However, I have seen males keep a rejected stick and go to another nest. I wonder if he is let back in to the first nest?

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Male Heron Returning With Sticks – Click To Enlarge

The delivery…

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Male Heron Returning With Sticks – Click To Enlarge

hands off the stick and…

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Male Heron Returning With Sticks – Click To Enlarge

it’s a winner, she accepts it.

Great Blue Heron, Finally Blue Sky

Finally Blue Sky, it’s not a great title. But, it’s what I got, (obviously creative writing doesn’t flow out of me like some).

The blue sky here was all about positioning. Most times the male heron will drop from the nest tree and skim over the water. Nice, but a cluttered background.

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Great Blue Heron, Finally Blue Sky – Click To Enlarge

Lately the birds are turning back, high, and circle around the rookery. I don’t know if they are looking for danger, were thrown out of the nest, who knows. It works for me.

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Great Blue Heron, Finally Blue Sky – Click To Enlarge

 

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