Great Blue Heron FlyBy

Here are a few Great Blue Heron images taken on our Lake Woodruff NWR trip to Florida. As we were walking the trails I saw this Great Blue Heron coming by us. I was ready and got a few side view images that I liked showing an  angular side view. I thought it really showed the length and form of the Great Blue Egret as it flew by. This view also shows how large they really are when stretched out in flight. All images were @ 600mm, taken with a Tamron 150-600mm lens. I am really liking the Tamron lens. It produces great images with fine detail and is very versatile with the wide zoom range. Especially nice when you are walking and not wanting to carry a variety of lenses to cover what you might see to photograph along the way.

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Great Blue Heron FlyBy @600mm

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Winging Further Away @ 600mm

 

Great Blue Heron In Finis Pool @ Bombay Hook NWR

Towards the end of the Wildlife Drive at Bombay Hook is Finis Pool. Quite often you can get photos of turtles here along with ducks. On this day we found a cooperative Great Blue Heron that posed for us. We took a few images and then moved on to not disturb the Heron. Plus a couple of turtle images, since we were there. Here I was using a Canon R with a Tamron 150-600mm zoom.

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Great Blue Heron @ 600mm

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Great Blue Heron @ 428mm

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Great Blue Heron @ 600mm

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Great Blue Heron @ 600mm

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Turtle on Stump – Finis Pool – 600mm

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Turtles Warming In Sun – Finis Pool, 600mm

 

Great Blue Herons At Brigantine

While I was photographing Landscapes & Cloudscapes along the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, I noticed this Great Blue Heron behind some of the grasses along the Wildlife Drive. I got a few shots through the grasses and then the two Herons lower down in the water flew off. I got a few more shots as they flew away from me. I was surprised that during the day we saw quite a few Great Blue Herons throughout the Refuge. Usually most do not hang around in the cold weather but there were quite a few throughout the Refuge.

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Canon R, 400mm f/4 DO lens, 1.4x series III teleconverter

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Great Blue Herons At Blackwater NWR

It seems that a few Great Blue Herons always hang around at Blackwater NWR through the Winter. Usually most migrate out of the area but a few seem to stay in the area on the Refuge. On this trip I saw 3 Great Blues along the Wildlife Drive.

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Great Blue Heron watching for a meal. As I was watching he tried a few times with no luck. (400mm w/ 1.4x teleconverter)

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I stopped to photograph some Tundra Swans in the water and turned around and noticed this GBH in the tree behind and above me. (m43 Olympus @ 140mm)

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Great Blue Heron foraging in the dried grasses @ 400mm w/ 1.4x teleconverter.

 

Great Blue Heron Birdscape

Sometimes instead of trying to fill the frame with my photo subjects, I like to show the environment that they live and exist in. I think it shows the birds and how they act in it. Also where you might be likely to find them.

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron Flyby

While I was photographing a Great Blue Heron off in the distance, this closer one took off and flew by right in front of me.  I was using a slower shutter speed because I had my lens stopped down more than usual because of the distance and wanted more depth of field, so the wingtips of this Heron show some blurred movement. Thought it was still interesting and liked the movement of the wingtips.

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Great Blue Heron In field before taking flight

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Great Blue Heron Takeoff

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Sleeping Great Blue Heron

I saw this Great Blue Heron towards the end of the Wildlife Drive at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. It was standing on a fallen tree stump, out in the open. It appeared to be sleeping or taking a nap since it was not preening or moving after watching for 5 minutes. So we moved on. On the end of the second trip around the Wildlife Drive I decided to stop and get a few shots since it was still there. After a few minutes watching the Heron it looked up or woke up and kept looking around. Right to left. GBH_v2_BWR_7_18_43G6179GBH_v2_BWR_7_18_43G6202

After watching & photographing for a few minutes we moved on since I did not want to bother the Heron, even though we were on the other side of the channel of water between us.  We were surprised that we only saw a few Eagles. Most of the birds we saw were Ospreys, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.

 

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