I was very fortunate today and was able to capture some images of a night heron landing. Photographing birds is always a bit of a hit or miss proposition. Sometimes Mother Nature cooperates, and sometimes not.
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I had just finished photographing a few turtles basking on an old log when I saw some motion out of the corner of my eye.
Not having any time to adjust my camera settings, I wheeled around to my left and was able to quickly acquire focus on a night heron landing on a berm at Hendrie Valley.
Luckily I had been watching for ospreys fishing and had my camera set for AF-C with subject tracking at 10 fps.
Shooting with Manual settings and Auto ISO 160-3200, I had slowed my shutter speed in order to photograph the turtles at a lower ISO.
Ideally I would have wanted to capture this night heron with somewhat faster shutter speeds, but overall I was quite pleased with the resulting images.
The night heron did stay perched for a while and I got a few additional images of it. I noticed a kayak coming down the channel and I anticipated that the heron would take flight. Unfortunately I lost my concentration for a split second just as the heron took flight and I missed my attempt at another AF-C run. Maybe next time…
All images were captured hand-held in available light using a Nikon 1 V3 and 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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