Blue Heron Standing Guard

What now seems like a lifetime ago I did some free-lance wildlife photography for a couple different outdoorsman publications.  This was typically big game stuff, deer and elk mostly, rarely did I ever shoot any birds.  Over the years I would go out and photograph birds from time to time, but I never really made an effort to do so, it was more a matter of opportunity when I was out shooting other things.  I posted an image recently of a Blue Heron taking flight over Capitol Lake here in Olympia, and it was one of those shots, it just sort of happened when I was out shooting other things.  That image though has quickly become one of my favorites so far this year, and has really motivated me to get out specifically to shoot birds.

My wife and I headed out to the Nisqually Nation Wildlife Refuge on Saturday for the sole reason of getting some bird shots.  I mounted my Sigma 50-500mm lens onto my new D600 and put all of that on a monopod and headed out.  Sadly it was a very overcast day and the light was much flatter than I had hoped for, but I still managed to get a few shots that I was pretty happy with.  This image of a Blue Heron standing guard on some drift wood at high tide is one of them.

Stay tuned, I have a few more shots from Saturday that I will be sharing, and I am planning on making a lot more trips out to home my bird photography skills.

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5 Comments

  1. Chris Nitz February 4, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    I so love these birds. When I was a wee lad, we had a pair that lived in the swamp down the road. My step-father would always stop if they were visible so we could watch them for a few moments. Such beautiful birds!

    • ScottWood February 4, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      They are quickly becoming one of my favorites as well.

  2. murphyz February 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    With the weight of that lens you’ll really be wanting to get a shot or two that you’re happy with simply to justify carrying it around :)

    I really like the composition of this image; not simply because the bird is sitting beautifully on the stump with plenty of space to move into the frame, but because you seen to have captured a still banner of water in the perfect location. Nicely done Scott.

    • ScottWood February 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Thanks. When all was said and done, we ended up walking just a little over 4 miles with that gear.

  3. Toad Hollow Photo February 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    This is a spectacular shot, Scott, that heron has incredible character and you’ve captured that wonderfully here!

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