This article features a small collection of Great Blue Heron images all captured on the same morning during a recent visit to Hendrie Valley.
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As I was strolling towards the ponds at Hendrie Valley a Great Blue Heron swooped in to land. Having no time to change my camera settings to shoot in AF-C, all I could do was grab a couple of quick single frame exposures of the bird flying in.
Surprisingly it chose a spot quite close to the access road, giving me some decent opportunities for some still images.
Since the main objective of my visit was to photograph ospreys catching fish, I set my camera accordingly, then captured a few images additional images of the heron.
It proved to be a willing subject, affording me a number of photographic opportunities.
The bird took a while to settle in to its surroundings and moved around a bit before finding a fishing location.
This gave me the chance to compose images with varying backgrounds. The Great Blue Heron took up a fishing position next to one of the fish gates on the stream. These gates allow particular species of smaller, spawning fish to enter the ponds while restricting access to carp.
The bird attempted one fish capture, plunging its head like an arrow into the still waters.
Unfortunately the effort proved unsuccessful.
The Great Blue Heron then dried itself off by puffing up its feathers, giving me another image opportunity.
While I glanced down at my photographs on the rear screen of my V3, the heron took flight and eventually landed on the banks of one of the other ponds at Hendrie Valley. It was a fair distance away and I needed some aggressive cropping with the image above.
As it turned out I really didn’t get any good opportunities to photograph ospreys fishing on that particular morning. The Great Blue Heron made my visit worthwhile.
All images were captured hand-held using a Nikon 1 V3 and a 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens. All photographs in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6 and the Nik Collection.
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