Blue Heron and Bluebird

The weather Wednesday was still windy and cool.  However we, Ann and I, did get out for a little bit.  We took a little drive through Middle Concho Park again.  This time I got images of another Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), and an Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis).  The heron was on the other side of the river.  I maneuvered the car down near the bank so I could shoot it from my drivers’ side window.  I rested my Canon 7D with 1.4 tele-converter on the Puffin’ Pad on the sill.  Even with the wind, it was still a stable platform.  Exposed at 1/1250 sec. @ f7.1, ISO 250.

Great Blue Heron in tree

Also, along the river we spotted an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), flying overhead.  I grabbed my other Canon EOS 76 with a Canon 100-400mm lens attached, hopped from the car to see if I could get an inflight shot.  This is the result.  The bird was pretty high up and back-lit so I had to crop it extensively to produce this photo.  Not the best image, but I wanted to show it to you anyway.  Exposure 1/2000 sec @ f5.6, ISO 100.

Osprey in flight

Later, as we were driving through some of the roads in the park we saw this Eastern Bluebird in a tree off to the left.  It was in the shade, making exposure a little difficult.  I used the same set-up as I did with the heron.  Exposed at 1/640 sec. @f5.6 +0.3EV, ISO 200.

So all in all, the trip wasn’t wasted.  The weather is starting to heat up again over the weekend so hopefully it will be a more comfortable time to get out to get some more photographs.  For these, click on any of them to see an enlargement.

38 thoughts on “Blue Heron and Bluebird

  1. Great shots, Bob! Love the Heron in the tree and the Osprey. The Osprey is also making quite a comeback in this country after many years of hard effort by the RSPB, particularly in Scotland. I love the cute little Eastern Bluebird! I hope you gave him Weight Watchers phone number ‘cos he looks as if he has just dumped what looks like a fat little body down on that branch! I am not serious; I am assuming he had fluffed his feathers up for some reason!



  2. Beautiful Great Blue Heron, Bob. Actually, what did I say in my last post? I Bow to You Now Great God of Bird Photography LOL. Seriously, beautiful!

    • Wow! Sheila, if you keep saying these nice things, my hat won’t fit anymore. You’re a hoot!! That’s Texan for a funny friend. Really, I appreciate all of those nice things that you say about my work. 🙂

  3. What a stunning pic of the heron! The detail is amazing. And the bluebird is so cute – he looks as if he’s talking to you! How are you liking your new camera, Bob?

    • Thank you very much, Martina. My best Heron photos are in my Flickr album. Click on the Flickr logo on the right side of this page. The herons are in my “birds” album. Pick one out and let me know which one, by image number. Then let me know what size, etc., if you would like a print only, or a framed ready to hang. I appreciate this very much. My e-mail is:

  4. What a unique shot..heron in the tree is most unusual sight..our herons on the lake already. Blue bird is a sure sign of spring.. days are warmer now, busy planting seeds in the starter trays and will be opening up the green house shortly. Lots of small birds arriving daily at the feeders..winter is almost over for the Colorado high country..although April can dump a foot of snow…lol hopefully not this year.

  5. Nice images as usual – I really enjoyed the Heron in the tree photo. It looks so out of place in the tree – even though I know that’s natural for them, the times I see them the are always along water or flying 🙂

  6. We’re having Texas spring here in Michigan, record highs almost everyday this week. Send the cool weather you’re having this way, and I’ll send the heat your way, sound like a deal?

  7. Some really lovely photos today Bob. Things have been really frantic at work, and I’m way behind in reading the blogs that I enjoy, and it’s been several weeks since I’ve posted to my own blog. I’m trying to catch up, and I’ve started with you. 🙂

  8. I am waiting for my herons to come back after watching your work all winter i am going to try and get photos of them this summer, they sleep in the big tree by our bedroom! c

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