08.02.2021 A quiet Sunday morning

Sunday was another cloudless beginning to the day.  Not a good sign for sunrise photography and as I drove looking for something to catch my eye nothing did.  So it goes sometimes.  Still a lovely start to the day with peace quiet most everywhere so early on a weekend morning. Eventually I stopped at the Norwottuck Rail Trail and, as often is the case when there, walked looking for bullfrogs. There were several but the photographs are pretty much repeats of many that I have already made.

A few people were starting to walk the bike path and a couple ahead of me stopped to photograph a Great Blue Heron that had landed in the reeds near them. I waited for them to finish and as they did the heron lifted and flew further back in the swamp. But I could see where it landed and made my way to that spot where a few other folks had stopped. There were several poses as the bird preened and looked for something to snag in the water (eventually a fish was caught) but the sun was behind so most were not well exposed. This isn’t too bad although the background is very busy.

After a few minutes this young one decided to lift off a little further and I lost sight. It was time to head home anyway but as I walked toward my car I saw him/her perched on a  dead tree with a bit of nice light.

Once again I was able to make several exposures before departure…both of us decided it was time to leave. Funny thing.  The bird is still and sharp but if you look below the right branch it was wiggling its toes.  🙂

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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25 Responses to 08.02.2021 A quiet Sunday morning

  1. picpholio says:

    Very nice exposures Steve 🙂

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  2. susurrus says:

    Funny you noticed its toes were moving! I can see what you mean, but only when it’s pointed out.

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  3. Ann Mackay says:

    The light in the second image is lovely – it seems to caress the bird, picking out details very nicely.

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    • When I made the first image I was wishing the light on the feathers was better to pick up the color. I was quite happy when that was the case for the second. Even though the sun was still directional it illuminated the plumage enough so the color came out better and, of course, directional lighting emphasizes the detail. Thanks, Ann.

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  4. “Busy” is the word that popped into my head for the first picture; then I read your text and found you’d described it the same way. Did you have the option to go with a wider aperture that might have softened the foreground and background while keeping the heron sharp?


    • The 100-400 with the doubler limits the aperture to f/13 at the widest and I was shooting at f/16 so lowering it would not have made much of a difference. I archived the first image but this is likely the last time anyone will see it. The second is now one of my favorites.


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Must have been waving bye-bye to you. 🙂

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  6. Very nice Steve! My favorite is the 2nd one!

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  7. Nice shots 😃😃. Are they year round there ? In NE there is a line above which they can’t stay through the winter. I know there are some in Connecticut that stay, just not sure where the line is.

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  8. I do like the GBH in the swamp, very natural with all the busy pond stuff. Excellent composition in your second image with the dead tree. It’s always fun to relocate a bird you thought was gone.

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    • Thanks, Ellen. That is why I photographed and shared it. In this pond it is pretty much how they exist, fishing and frogging among all those pads. I knew the direction it flew but was surprised and delighted with its location when I found it. The tree was a wonderful perch.

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  9. Gallivanta says:

    I love the detail of the twitching toes and the light on the feathers. I don’t mind the busy background in the first image because it gives me an idea of the busy environment that the heron has to sift through each day.

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    • Thanks, Anne! The second one is surely my, and most others’, favorite of the two but the first is more typical of how we see them here. Looking for tasty treats under, or sometimes luckily on, all those pads.

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    It’s always fun to see them in trees and if I had toes like that and tried to perch on a branch like that, I think I’d be making a few adjustments, too. 😉

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