A Great Blue Heron waiting for a mate. Taken in morning sun light.
There is a spot in this swamp that Great Blue Herons can sit, gather nesting material, or just hide.
When here they can be missed since your attention is suddenly focused on the open water and rookery area in front of you.
The photographs there are best shot a little wide (for me a lot wide at times) to capture the thick trees, colors, and moss.
The beginning of mating season. A male Great Blue Heron calling for his mate.
Hearing this mournful sound, in the evening, makes this a special photograph to me.
Part of the initial mating ritual for the male Great Blue Heron is to bring the ‘perfect’ stick to his new mate.
Part of the female ritual is to throw a few away.
It’s going to be a busy 4 months so she needs to set the rules right from the start.
This was a great opportunity. The Wood Stork flew in to the swamp and made a lazy glide over the water.
I had been standing on a dike and had time to watch him come in and then slow down. There was even time to pin point focus on the Stork.
With so much time I was able to pull back on the lens, compose for a wider shot, and still have the Stork as the center focus.
When shooting out there time is something you don’t have. This was different, and I like the wider lazy look.
This Great Egret was taking a lazy flight just above the tops of the dried grasses.
Light and focus can be tricky with these shots. The sun can catch the light stalks and create glare. Also all the bird needs to do is a slight shift and the focus slips over to the reeds.
When you do get the shot it makes a nice soft scene.
The reason I photograph wildlife…
Getting a shot, sharp focus, clear colors… then drop color, add cyan, and soften the focus.
Makes perfect sense to a photographer.