Great Blue Herons are very common where I live, but when I saw this guy I knew he was different. He didn't like me taking his picture and kept his distance from me. That's the best I could do with the Nikon 80-200 f2.8 zoom on the D200, which is the lens I used on just about all my shots this day. Gil advises: "It is a Little blue heron, Egretta caerulea, in nonbreeding adult plumage." Processing note: Those with sharp eyes may notice my inexpert blurring on this one. I really need to further blur the area to the left of the neck.
They apparently raise their crest when they get excited. This guy was stirring up the frogs in this Indiana pond in 8/2008. Shortly after this picture he snagged lunch (see below.) Nikon D200 with Nikon 300mm f4 ED lens on a monopod.
Shortly after the "crest" picture above this guy nailed what I think is a large bullfrog.
Film, Fuji Velvia
Herons above/left are "Great Blue" I believe. The image on the left is film (Fuji Velvia, Nikon N90s, Nikon 300 f2.8 lens, Nikon TC-14 1.4x teleconverter, tripod mounted.) Notice the very vivid colors, a Velvia trademark. Above, Nikon 80-200 zoom lens, Nikon D100 digital SLR. Lake Woodlands, The Woodlands, TX, 12/03.
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