Another Great Blue Heron

I hope that you don’t think that I am obsessed with the Great Blue Heron, (Ardea herodias).  It just happens that they around here in great numbers and I love it that they are so photogenic.  They are majestic and graceful, as this photographfy shows.  I was above him.  He was hidden from my view, but I knew that he was about 10 feet below me, in the reeds against the river bank.  I was straining to see him, when he took off in a blur, heading for the opposite bank.  The fact that he was moving away from me made it easier for the auto-focus of my Canon 7D to lock on and track him.  This image is as he was starting to land across the river about 150 yards away.

Great Blue Heron preparing to land

I don’t especially like the busy background, but of course, there is nothing I could do about it.   I hope you like it.  I am sorry that I haven’t posted since Sunday, but I needed to have a new photo for you.  I didn’t get out much this week as I have been busy preparing for our trip to the Big Bend area coming up.  We will be leaving Sunday morning and I needed to get the car’s oil changed, car washed, numerous appointments that had to be taken care of.  I will give you more info on the trip in my next post, probably this week-end.  Click the image to see an enlarged image.

Pertinent exposure information:  Canon EOS 7D with Canon 100-400mm zoom lens, hand-held.  1/640 sec. @ f9, ISO 250.  Spot metering and aperture priority.