04.10.2022 Silent Sunday…so to speak

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.

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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12 Responses to 04.10.2022 Silent Sunday…so to speak

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice setting. There has been a pair at the wetland near the school, easy viewing distance from the road. I hope they stay and nest, they get a lot of attention from passersby, so fingers crossed.

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    • Thanks, Eliza. I am lucky to have access to this property. JUst as I am to a certain waterfall and brook. 🙂
      I’ve seen some nests in a swamp along 116 in prior years. Not sure if that is where you are referring to. They are back a safe distance from the road.

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  2. Nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing your beautiful Image! Reminds me of where I used to live, going to a local Wildlife Area and photographing Great Blues!

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  3. All those shades of brown make for an appealing portrait. The silence is implied.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    The tall reeds and the reflections all help to accentuate the height of the bird. It’s a lovely setting, and the light is quite different than where I usually see these birds. It looks as though he has his breeding plumes; they’re even more elegant when those feathers develop.

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    • I am pretty sure he has paired with the other heron atop the dead tree nesting spot but may still be trying to attract her attention.
      It was funny light as the sky was pretty cloudy and only a moment here or there with actual sun breaking through.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    A great photo you took under challenging circumstances, Steve!

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    Looks like a great location to have access to. I always enjoy watching herons going about their business.

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