08.12.2020 Saturday Morning Surprise!

Saturday saw me drive to North Quabbin with little success. I drove back to town intending to walk the rail trail which I did and shared the green heron from there.  But before that I noticed how calm Hawley Reservoir in Pelham (no relation to Hawley Bog) and thought some reflections would be nice.  What I didn’t see was this Great Blue Heron that came out from the shrubs along the opposite shoreline. I had to 70-200 mounted which wasn’t long enough so I had to run back to the car and switch to the 100-400 with the doubler to get more of the heron. We spent some time together as he/she walked the edge looking for a snack but not really finding much.   I preferred this of the various shots I made.

Still fairly low light at the time and I felt it gave the image a somewhat more peaceful quality.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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32 Responses to 08.12.2020 Saturday Morning Surprise!

  1. Beautiful shot, Steve. I really like those reflections, and the gentle light really give the impression of a very peaceful moment.

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  2. krikitarts says:

    Nicely done, Steve. We can all use a little more peaceful input to reflect upon, especially now and from heron, with the unexpected stress of sudden isolation escalation.

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  3. You’re fortunate the heron was still there after to you came back with a longer lens. The fact that it kept looking for food worked in your favor.


  4. Leya says:

    Lovely, Steve! So lucky he was still there when you came back!

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  5. c says:

    Very peaceful shot! Love the reflection


  6. Minna says:

    I like photos which show also the landscape besides the bird. This is really great photo!

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    • Glad that you liked this, Minna. Sometimes the bird limits the closeness although now with the 100-400 plus 2.0 extender I am more able to fill the frame. I also like to see the environment when it makes a nice image.

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    I agree, it does have a peaceful quality. A really balanced composition, and knowing how slow and methodical herons can be perhaps contributes a bit to its peacefulness.

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    • Great Blue Herons don’t show much excitement unless it gets territorial, do they? It was a quiet few minutes before it disappeared into the woods behind that tall grass which I thought was odd. If I had been walking in those woods it would have been a shock to see a heron doing the same. 🙂


  8. Sandra says:

    I love these birds. You captured it beautifully!

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  9. shoreacres says:

    You’re right that they tend to stay put. Other herons will stay in the same spot, but they’re a little more flighty than these. Perhaps the Great Blue’s size gives it more confidence — or perhaps once it’s found a good spot, it’s like any fisherman, and doesn’t want to leave. This is a lovely photo.

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    I like the way the heron is in the shadows here. They never fail to interest me, even though I see them constantly. And sometimes a photo with lots of context is more meaningful than one closer up.

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    • I think my, and most others’, first impulse is to get a frame-filling shot of many of our subjects. I try to break with that even though a nice portrait is always enjoyable. Herons are fun to watch just like bullfrogs. 🙂

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  11. melissabluefineart says:

    I really like how you framed this shot. It is nice to see the situ, so to speak 🙂 I also like the low light. Looks like the morning I’m having, with rain after too many bright sunny days in a row. Got my dog curled up on my lap, coffee at my elbow, all is right with the world.

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