Little Blue Heron Images

I was going through backup drives and found a series to post of Little Blue Heron images. Little Blue Herons are some of my favorite Herons to photograph. They always seem to have a very intense look when they are searching for a meal. The Featured Image was taken @ J.N. Ding Darling NWR along the Wildlife Drive with a 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, f/8 on a Canon 7D.

Little Blue Heron, J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Canon 300mm lens with 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/50th sec.
(Image also taken Early am along Wildlife Drive upon Refuge opening)
Little Blue Heron, 100-400mm Lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkII, @ 560mm

Limpkin Images From Lake Woodruff NWR

I am still going through images that I never got around to posting when I was still working. And with Covid-19 restrictions it is giving me a chance to go through old images from previous photo trips. These are from one of my favorite National Wildlife Refuges, Lake Woodruff NWR, which is near the community of DeLeon Springs, Florida. The refuge is 21,574 acres of freshwater marshes, 5,800 acres of Cypress and mixed hardwood swamps, 2,400 acres of uplands, and more than 1,000 acres of lakes, streams, and canals. This was from a trip in March of 2005. So it goes back quite a ways! But it is a Great Refuge to photograph in. Especially when the Sandhill Cranes are all over the Refuge!

Limpkin, Lake Woodruff NWR, 100-400mm w/ 1.4x, 560mm, Canon DmkII
Limpkin, Lake Woodruff NWR, 100-400mm w/ 1.4x, 560mm, Canon 1DmkII
Limpkin, Lake Woodruff NWR, 100-400mm w/ 1.4x, 560mm, Canon 1DmkII
Limpkin, Lake Woodruff NWR, 100-400mm w/ 1.4x, 560mm, Canon 1DmkII

Crocodile At J.N. Ding Darling NWR

This is from a trip to J.N.Ding Darling NWR in May of 2005. We were surprised to see a Crocodile along the Wildlife Drive. They had people there to make sure people did not get close to it and also to keep an eye on where it might go next. It was interesting to see such a large Crocodile there, just sunning on the shoreline. Also it seemed to keep it’s mouth open the whole time showing off it’s menacing Large teeth! Back then I was using a Canon 1D mkII with a 100-400mm lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter. The featured image was taken @385mm with a 100-400mm lens @ 385mm.

Crocodile, 2 image panoroma @ 560mm, Canon 1D mkII, 100-400mm, 1.4x Teleconverter
Crocodile @ 385mm, Canon 1D mkII, 100-400mm, 1.4x Teleconverter
Crocodile @ 140mm, Canon 1D mkII, 100-400mm, 1.4x Teleconverter
Crocodile @ 560mm, Canon 1D mkII, 100-400mm, 1.4x Teleconverter
Crocodile Front Leg @ 560mm, 100-400mm with 1.4x Teleconverter
Crocodile Back Leg @ 560mm, 100-400mm with 1.4x Teleconverter
Crocodile Portrait, 3 image pano @350mm, 100-400mm with 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkII,
100-400mm w/ 1.4X Teleconverter
Crocodile Portrait, 3 image pano @330mm for slightly taller image, 100-400mm with 1.4x Teleconverter
Crocodile Portrait, 385mm, 100-400mm with 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkII

Flicker Nest From The Celery Farm

I was going through old hard drives clearing files I did not need or want anymore and I came across some images I took along the path of a Flicker Nest. This was from the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale NJ. The nest was right on the main path that goes around Lake Appert and was at eye level. Seemed strange to build a nest on a heavily walked path. I kept a long distance from the nest to not bother the nest. But others just walked right up to it. So I got a series of images and moved on so not to disturb them, even though others did not seem to give them space. But having people close by did not seem to bother them. All images were with a Canon 100-400mm lens @ 350-400mm with a Canon 20D (Full-frame equivalent ~560mm to 640mm)

Little Blue Heron Foraging

I photographed this Little Blue Heron at Magnolia Plantation & Audubon Swamp Gardens in South Carolina years ago. I found this image as I was cleaning up backup hard drives and decided to post it here. Image taken with a 100-400mm zoom lens @ 400mm.

Great Blue Heron – Going, Going, Gone!

I was photographing this Great Blue Heron years ago at a local park early in the morning. I was using a 100-400mm Canon Zoom @ 400mm. It is amazing what they can swallow. Here It seemed to go down quickly. Other times I have seen them take up to 20 to 30 minutes to get their prey down. Also they seem to eat a wide variety of prey. I have them eat snakes, gophers, rats and other prey you would think impossible to swallow! And you would think some prey would be painful to swallow!

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Immature Black-Crowned Night Heron

I found this Immature Black-Crowned Night-Heron hidden in the shade along the trees off Wildlife Drive at J.N. Ding Darling NWR. I was using a 100-400mm lens @400mm. Luckily it did not go deeper into the trees as another one did that was next to it.

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A Different Kind Of Panorama

A different kind of panorama taken at an airshow in Michigan many years ago.  I am going through old backup drives cleaning up files and getting rid of images not needed freeing up more storage space for more recent images. Here I was using a 100 – 400mm lens the entire day. When I came upon this P51D Mustang without a lot of people around it, I shot 4 shots @ 100mm. I aligned & assembled the 4 images in Photoshop for the final panorama.

Hawk FlyBy

During a walk at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge this hawk did a fairly close fly-by as we were walking on the trails. I was able to get a few shots as it went by using a 100-400mm lens @ 400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter. The featured image was as it was almost overhead giving me a better image.


Snowy Egret FlyBy

Another series of images from previous photo trips years ago. Here, even if you wanted to go to a local park, the entrances are blocked by Police Cars. So they are quite serious about staying at home.  This is a series of Snowy Egret FlyBy images from a previous trip years ago to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. The  Snowy Egret images were photographed @ 300mm with a Canon 100-400mm lens.Snowy_Egret_v3_300mm_1-4mm_7D _DD 12_10_MG_0524Snowy_Egret_v2_300mm_1-4mm_7D _DD 12_10__MG_0523Snowy_Egret_v2_300mm_1-4mm_7D _DD 12_10__MG_0528


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