I set out again to shoot some turtles and maybe a frog or two and did so cannot do a fourth “You don’t always” post. No complaint about that. And I usually like to keep my subjects varied over time but in this case had such a fun few minutes following this Great Blue Heron as I was returning to my car that I decided to share a couple of images. Actually it was more like leading the way as I would get ahead and then wait for him to come closer. (I don’t know how to determine a GBH gender so am going with male)
While shooting some turtles I noticed this view of the bird preening in the tree top. My first few angles had a branch blocking part of the neck so I walked back a ways and got a clear though more distant view.
In the middle of nit picking the heron shook a tail feather or two. Lightroom’s new masking ability really allowed me to bring out the color and detail of the bird as the overcast sky really affected the exposure.
We walked along the swamp a little when he decided to check out this human shadowing him.
Not looking quite as majestic as usual and maybe even a bit goofy. Again, masking helped give the shot some separation from the background.
Of course he wasn’t all that interested in me, but also not intimidated enough to leave, so continued along looking for a few bites to eat. I didn’t capture any of his catches but did get one down to business appearance.
I made a few exposures here but liked the dark tree contrasting with the head allowing the little bit of color to show on this overcast day.