Have you had enough of my Great Blue Heron photos yet? As most of you know, that bird is one of my favorites to photograph. I have hundreds of images of them, and probably a good percentage of them should be deleted as I know that I will never show them to anybody. But that’s like trying to decide which of your children you should get rid of.
But I think it is safe to say that I haven’t taken one thousand, six hundred and ninety images of them. That number in the title is the file number of this most recent publishable photograph: IMG_1690. A few of you that are on Facebook have probably already seen the image, that is if you are a FB “friend”. I just realized this morning that I had never posted it on this blog.
We, Ann and I were at Middle Concho Park, where I really see most of the Great Blue Herons that I photograph. Or though it seems. We have also seen them downtown on the Concho River; at O.C Fisher Lake (when it isn’t dry); Twin Buttes Reservoir; and Spring Creek Park.
So this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias),or number 1690, was wading along the opposite short of the river. But that is where I get most of my shots. When they are on my side, they are usually down below the bank, in the reeds, where I can’t get a shot. I particularly like this image. I like the pose, and color of the background and the nice even light. I might even call it my current favorite, that is until I get another one that I like better.
Anyway, as usual, I was able to maneuver my car near the river bank so I could shoot through my open driver’s side window. I was shooting with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon 500mm f4 lens with a 1.4 tele-converter. The exposure data was 1/250 sec. @ f6.3, ISO 1000. Aperture priority.
Now, I know that I will be back there again, watching for more Great Blue Herons. I am sure that I will come across more great images, but in the end I will never forget old #1690. Click on the photo to see a beautiful enlargement.
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