Heron Reflection

A heron casts a lovely reflection while standing in the shallows of the Pitt River around sunrise. 1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400
A heron casts a lovely reflection while standing in the shallows of the Pitt River around sunrise.
1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400

Heron and a trio of ducks

I'm not sure if the heron is staring at the trio of ducks, or at something else in the small pond.  It was very close to the turn around point on my walk, and when I passed by again less than 5 minutes later, the heron was still there, but the ducks had found another place to spend the morning.
I’m not sure if the heron is staring at the trio of ducks, or at something else in the small pond. It was very close to the turn around point on my walk, and when I passed by again less than 5 minutes later, the heron was still there, but the ducks had found another place to spend the morning.

Heron Silhouette

I'd never before seen a heron perched on the top of the water depth marker near the dike pumping station, and I quickly got my camera out to snap a few photos.  I really wasn't pleased with the results though; the photos were far too soft for my liking.  I did a quick conversion in Silver Efex Pro to see if there was any way to create an interesting image, and I'm actually quite pleased with the results.   1/500 sec, f6.3, ISO 100
I’d never before seen a heron perched on the top of the water depth marker near the dike pumping station, and I quickly got my camera out to snap a few photos. I really wasn’t pleased with the results though; the photos were far too soft for my liking.  I did a quick conversion in Silver Efex Pro to see if there was any way to create an interesting image, and I’m actually quite pleased with the results.
1/500 sec, f6.3, ISO 100

Group of herons

I've only seen a group of herons together one other time, and that was when they were perched in trees (I wish I would have been able to get decent photos of that event, but it was in thick fog).  I was surprised to see this group together, and unfortunately it was right at the end of the dike, so I didn't have an opportunity to try the shot from a better angle. 1/1600 sec, f6.3, ISO400
I’ve only seen a group of herons together one other time, and that was when they were perched in trees (I wish I would have been able to get decent photos of that event, but it was in thick fog). I was surprised to see this group together, and unfortunately it was right at the end of the dike, so I didn’t have an opportunity to try the shot from a better angle.
1/1600 sec, f6.3, ISO400

Great Blue Heron

Last Sunday morning started on a sad note.  While driving to the dikes, I slowed when I saw something laying in the middle of the road, and unfortunately it was one of these beautiful herons that had been struck by a car.   I was planning on removing it from the road after our walk, but thankfully someone else had done so by the time we returned...unless a coyote got to it first.   After the sad start, I had some of the best heron sightings I've had in a while; so many individuals were out that morning.  It was quite hazy with the heat, but thankfully I came away after a lovely walk with a few good photos :) 1/1250 sec, f6.3, ISO 400
Last Sunday morning started on a sad note. While driving to the dikes, I slowed when I saw something laying in the middle of the road, and unfortunately it was one of these beautiful herons that had been struck by a car. I was planning on removing it from the road after our walk, but thankfully someone else had done so by the time we returned…unless a coyote got to it first.
After the sad start, I had some of the best heron sightings I’ve had in a while; so many individuals were out that morning. It was quite hazy with the heat, but thankfully I came away after a lovely walk with a few good photos 🙂
1/1250 sec, f6.3, ISO 400

Great blue heron (and a duck)

The still morning provided a lovely reflection of the great blue heron on the water.  I was lucky enough to catch a duck taking off at the same time. 1/200 sec, f5.6, ISO 100
The still morning provided a lovely reflection of the great blue heron on the water. I was lucky enough to catch a duck taking off at the same time.
1/200 sec, f5.6, ISO 100

Great Blue Heron

Only two weeks ago, this fallen tree was far beyond the water line.  With the warm weather, the river has risen quickly.  I'll be interested to see if the water gets high enough to move this tree from where I have seen it for the last six months or so. On this morning, it was an excellent perch for a great blue heron. 1/160 sec, f13, ISO 1000
Only two weeks ago, this fallen tree was far beyond the water line. With the warm weather, the river has risen quickly. I’ll be interested to see if the water gets high enough to move this tree from where I have seen it for the last six months or so.
On this morning, it was an excellent perch for a great blue heron.
1/160 sec, f13, ISO 1000
The beautiful curve of the heron's neck is mimicked in the branches reflecting in the water by the heron's legs. 1/500sec, f13, ISO 1000
The beautiful curve of the heron’s neck is mimicked in the branches reflecting in the water by the heron’s legs.
1/500sec, f13, ISO 1000