Great Blue Heron...FINALLY!!

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  1. HikinMike

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    I’ve been trying to capture a Great Blue Heron (GBH), close up, for some time now. Every time I get closer they fly away. Yesterday I drove out to the Merced NWR, just because. Didn’t plan on getting anything, not even a sunset photo as there were no clouds. I just thought I’d drive the loop anyway. I see this guy sitting along the road….waiting for something. Since it was after sunset, lighting was getting bad, but who cares, right? As I usually do, I take a few photos, move closer (in the car) etc. I got pretty close….I was happy! I thought I’d try and get out of the van and get closer. Keep in mind I have to sit and scoot on my butt because of my legs. I got a few more shots and he flew away.

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    5D, 300mm f/4L, 1.4x II, ISO 3200, 1/100, f/5.6
     
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    nice
     
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    Great shot I know these are difficult to get .
     
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    Very nice, Mike. Excellent focus and composition. I love shooting GBH's. It's one of those birds that I don't feel I need a 600mm f/4 to get.

    BTW --- I just spent the past little while really enjoying your blog photography.
     
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    Very nice, I don't have anything more than a 300mm, but even still I can get no where close, not even redwing blackbird, they spook when I bring the gear out
     
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    Very nice. I know at least in my experience and around my stomping grounds how hard it can be to get close to one of these
     
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    Thanks Ian! I did the same. You've been to a lot of different places!

    FWIW, I can't get close enough with the Redwing Blackbirds either!! :lol:


    Thanks everybody for looking. :blushing:
     
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    Nice! Congrats on getting pictures before he flew away! I've been trying to get one on the other side of my lake for the past 10 years without any luck.
     
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    Great shot! Tack sharp! Great composition! The only thing I flaw that I can find to nit-pick is that I find the blurred grass in the lower right to be distracting.
     
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    Yeah, trying to be "in the weeds"! :lol:
     

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