E-M1X Great Blue Heron Images

This short article shares a small collection of Olympus OM-D E-M1X  great blue heron images. These were captured at the end of May. Both in-flight and some bird-on-ground images are included.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/4.5, 1/1250, ISO-4000

I arrived early at Hendrie Valley and there was a lone Great Blue Heron already perched on one of the berms. I was hopeful that I would get some images of the heron fishing… but it decided to fly off across the pond.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/4.5, 1/1250, ISO-4000

After waiting patiently for about an hour the heron eventually returned, perching on a different area of the berm. It was intermittently harassed by a red winged blackbird. You can see the blackbird in the upper left hand corner of the frame.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/4.5, 1/1600, ISO-800

Eventually the heron grew tired of the harassment and fortunately for me, flew further down the berm, closer to my position.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-3200

Within a few minutes the heron began to exhibit some fishing behaviour as it locked its gaze on something in the water.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.PRO 8 with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-2500

A rapid strike soon followed and the heron was rewarded with a decent sized meal.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-3200

Almost on cue the heron turned to face me, giving me a great display of its catch.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-3200

In order to swallow its meal the heron juggled the fish in its beak until it was facing head-first in its bill.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-3200

After one quick head movement the fish disappeared down the bird’s gullet. After taking a quick drink of water the heron turned and quickly took flight.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO with M.Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter @ 135 mm, efov 270 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-1600

This is the third image in a series of fourteen photos I captured with an AF-C run at 10 frames per second. I missed focus on the first image, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1X nailed focus on the next thirteen… even with the busy, distracting background.

I quite liked the sharpness, colour and clarity of the E-M1X great blue heron images that I was able to capture. I hope that Olympus launches their new 150-400 f/4.5 IS PRO zoom early in 2020. It should be a stellar lens.

Technical Note:
All photographs in this article were captured using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All of the photographs displayed in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Most of the photographs were cropped to some degree.

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