With all the activity in the Heron rookery it’s easy to skip walking the marsh. I remember having months a heron watching last year so I need to keep up with the other locals or we all get bored.
When they land in a tree it can be a good shot. When it’s right over your head, it’s a ‘different’ shot.
When he’s drooling, like here, it’s an ‘icky’ shot.
This is a male heron gathering sticks for the nest. I kept the images wide to keep as much of the surrounding swamp as possible.
While the bird is important to the photograph these were also about the location too. Tupelo trees, with Spanish Moss, and a flying heron, make a much more dramatic photo.
I have been working on a different style of back and white photographs. The purpose is to have dramatic images, landscape style, for printing on aluminum.
Photographs printed on aluminum are ideal to hang in areas that have less light. The shine and clarity accent a dimly lit area.
I have tested this with darker evening images of owls that I have hung myself. A dramatic image on this medium draws attention to itself.
This heron photograph looks to be perfect for aluminum. I know of one that will be hanging soon.
There are plenty of smaller birds in the swamps now too. They’re just harder to photograph than the big guys.
This bird stopped long enough in a really nice branch of Spanish Moss.
An open water in flight photograph. This was in a marsh. Captures like this will become hard since all the large birds are moving to the rookeries to nest.
Several issues for this guy.
a) How do I get it out of here now ?
b) What happens when the Wasps wake up ?
Another side of Great Blue Herons you don’t often see. A mated pair quietly going about building their nest.
Once the chaos of mating and stick selections are over both adults spend hours rearranging the nest until the eggs arrive.