While fishing my favorite lake Saturday evening I noticed a Great Blue Heron standing along the east lakeshore preening. As capturing a few images of one of my favorite birds immediately took precedence over fishing, I maneuvered the boat across the lake trying to approach at a good lighting angle. Once I was within about one hundred yards of the bird I slowed the electric motor to its very slowest speed and continued my approach.
When I was within thirty yards of the heron I began shooting with the 100mm-400mm lens zoomed to 400mm. Soon I was taking close-up head shots and trying to capture the entire bird required zooming out. As I looked away from the camera I could hardly believe my eyes for the heron had allowed me to approach within twenty feet!