Little Green Heron & Black-crowned Night-Heron Foraging

We found this Green Heron foraging for a meal early in the morning at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. It was very focused on something in the water and hardly moved for quite a while. I guess what it was staring at disappeared and then it relaxed it’s stance and moved on. Also nearby was an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron. It was fun to see the 2 small herons close to each other. Because of the wide range of smaller photo subjects and the distance to them at J.N. Ding Darling, I usually use here a 400mm D.O. lens, with a 1.4x teleconverter on a Canon 7D. (Full Frame field of view equivalent ~896mm)

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12 Comments on “Little Green Heron & Black-crowned Night-Heron Foraging

  1. Great captures, Reed, I was trying to photograph an adult Black-crowned Night Heron yesterday, it was so deep in the mangrove root thicket, I gave up, lol. It was a beauty too!

    • They are some of my favorite birds! But they are a challenge to photograph! But maybe that makes it more fun when you get good images of them. Long lenses help though!

    • Thanks! The last time we were there was last year. We prefer Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLand Florida. Many times you only see 1 or 2 people in this large NWR. We were just there and it was a Great trip. Sometimes we go to both in a trip, but lately skip Ding Darling because of the crowds and large amounts of people photographing the same thing. Or going right in front of you when you are photographing something they did not see before. Still like Ding Darling but seems very commercial now. Merritt Island NWR is interesting also. Kind of spread out and some birds are far out, but still good. Have a Great trip! Can’t wait to see your images from your trip!

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