Back again with a GBH

They say that when you get kicked off of the horse, you should pick yourself up, dust your britches, and git after it again.  So having said that, I did get back out for a little bit yesterday morning.  There were high thin clouds, which I like for lighting, but cool and windy.  The birds were a bit scarce, or in hiding, but I did get a nice shot of this Great Blue Heron.  As you all know, the GBH is one of my favorite birds to photograph.5439_web-heron-GB-bob zeller

He was wading in the Middle Concho River on the opposite shore from where I was in my Ford Edge.  I maneuvered the car along the bank and took the shot from my driver’s window, resting my Canon 7D and 500mm lens with a 1.4 tele-converter, on my Noodle.  As you can see, the vegetation is starting to take on it’s winter ‘non-color’.

Click on the image to see a nice enlargement.

The Great Blue Heron Comes Courtin’

Yesterday, Ann and I decided to take another, yes, still another run down to the water treatment ponds at Eldorado, Texas.  I had mentioned in previous posts, how this place was one of our favorite places to bird.  It is one place where you absolutely never know what you might see.  This time we were rewarded again.

When we drove in, the temperature was mild, no wind, and the waters were quite calm.  We drove around and saw many of the usual species and I got several new photographs.  But one of the highlights of the morning was seeing this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)as he was doing a mating dance for a nearby female.

Great Blue Heron - Mating Dance

Great Blue Heron - Mating Dance

I was so happy to get the opportunity to see and photography this ceremony.  One doesn’t often get the chance to see such happenings in the wild.

I hope you enjoyed the photographs.  Photographic information is as follows:  Canon EOS 7D.  Canon 500mm f4 lens with a 2X tele-converter, focal length 1000mm.  1/800 sec. @ f8, ISO 400.  Shooting distance was approximately 250 yards.  Hand-held, camera resting on window sill of my Ford Edge using my Puffin’ Pad as a cushion.  As usual click on either one for an enlargement.