Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Taking Flight: Great Blue Heron


I captured this shot of a Great Blue Heron along the shore of Florida’s Lake Marion. While the heron was wading in the shallows I was tracking it with my camera in hopes of something special occurring worthy of a photograph.

Focusing and firing as the bird lunged into the air, this image was the best of three.

I hesitate to pick one bird over another as my favorite but I believe I have more Great Blue Heron photographs in my archives than that of any other bird.

16 comments:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Great to see a Florida photo on Country Captures! I'd have to agree with you on the Great Blue: it has a wide range. I grew up to be always on the lookout for them when on the creeks of Maryland. So it's a reminder of my Maryland Mudderland whenever I see one down here in the Everglades.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is a unique shot.The eyes of this Heron look so intent.
Blessings,Ruth

ASH's Eye said...

Great blues are really neat, even if they're not technically a favorite, they tend to present a photographer with more opportunities to photograph more activities than the average bird does :) I probably have more pictures of them than any other, too, except possibly the little ones that come into Mom's bird feeder (but then they are a captive subject, in a way).

ramblingwoods.com said...

There is something about them isn't there. I will never forget the first time I saw one fly in to land by the pond. And you captured it beautifully...

Meggie said...

All I can say is.....wow! what a shot!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You did an excellent job on this Coy!!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Great shot Salty. Looks like he struggles to get a lift-off.

Bradley Myers said...

A neat shot Salty, I hope I have some of your luck next week. Winter has been to long so I am heading down for a week and may hook up with Klauss.

Thanks for the kind words you had for the guys I work with at the fire house and whay we do.

Shellmo said...

Love how his beautiful neck is extended in this shot! Wonderful!

photowannabe said...

I like the curve of his neck and the way you captured strength and speed in this shot.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

WoW great shot.

fishing guy said...

Salty: I'm so jealous of this neat shot of the flying heron. I wish I knew how.

Kerri said...

Salty....this is outstanding! WOW!

Elaine Dale said...

Great shot, we get Great Blues here at the Brick Ponds spring through fall.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Nice focus on the the Heron's head!

Leedra said...

I am with you, they are great to photograph. I think I have learned flight photos using them. Still capture them better than anything else in flight.

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