This morning I visited a beaver pond on some private property. I’ve done some window treatment work for the owners and was invited to visit the pond whenever I wished and as early a I wished. Today was my first trip there for the Great Blue Heron they showed me with a spotting scope in their living room. It was very chilly and the bird on the nest, a female I guess, was hunkered down trying to stay warm. It’s still a bit early for egg laying so maybe she was just guarding the valuable site. But her partner was quite active flying around and landing always in a cluttered spot with distractions in the foreground. But finally he, I guess, landed in a spot where I could get a clean shot.
I neglected to wear my Muck boots so didn’t get as close as I would have liked. This was with the 100-400 doubled to 800 and cropped to the squarish framing. My Merrells are waterproof but only for about eight inches. I did some burning but the chin whiskers are still a bit hot even with some in camera negative compensation.
The silent part? The only sounds I heard were a few bird songs and a breeze. Perfect Sunday morning.