I have never met a Blue Heron that I didn’t want to photograph. I can’t help myself. 🙂
I have three photos for today.
My great friend Mike and I had lunch yesterday and I was about 30 minutes early for our appointment (believe it or not) so I decided to drive a couple of miles to the 16th Street Basin. I was delighted to see a few Herons fishing there.
The deplorable conditions of the basin (junk wise) is something I have talked about before. I was overjoyed to see City Crews working diligently picking up garbage around the shoreline. I stopped and talked with one of the crew and told them how much I appreciated their work and she said that the city was committed to cleaning up the area. Later that afternoon I saw even more workers picking up trash.
I know this is a butt shot but like with herons I just have trouble passing up an opportunity to photograph a Goose. Besides my friend Betty loves geese. 🙂
I didn’t Photoshop out any of the garbage out of this shot. Normally I will work to get all the distractions out of the image but I wanted to give you an idea of just a small bit of the task ahead of the cleanup crew.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
On my way home Friday evening I saw this lone Heron standing in the middle of the duck pond fishing. The sun was coming directly towards me so the Heron is back lite, hence the silhouette.
I liked the soft colors of the evening light on the pond so I had to stop and grab some images. I changed my camera settings several times but this is the one I felt like was a keeper.
I didn’t get much accomplished yesterday. I was working on some photos around 8:00 a.m. when there was a brief power outage. It only lasted 15 seconds but that was long enough to make all the clocks blink. It also took the internet down, which I thought would be temporary. I gave it 30 minutes but it never came back up.
I made 5 calls to Mediacom over the next 4 hours speaking to 5 different technicians all with a different takes on what was wrong. One said it was my modem, one said it was my router, one said it was my connections were bad in the house because we had too many splitters, none of them said it was their problem. So I bought a new modem and of course that didn’t solve the problem. I called back a 6th time and this time I got a recorded message saying there was an outage in our area and due to heavy call volume I should call back again. Sigh!
Thank you Melinda and Kathy for your gracious comments. Don’t worry I’ll keep capturing images of our little feathered friends. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by the blog. Be careful.
What a fun weekend. I could get use to this being off! Yesterday Jeanne and I went for our normal Sunday photo drive and the first place we wanted to go was the 16th Street Basin.
Jeanne saw him first but even from a distance you could tell it was a lone Great Blue Heron. They are so skittish we knew we had to be stealthy. So I drove only about 5 mph on the wrong side of the road so that he wouldn’t be bothered by us. Once I got past him I got the camera set up. I shot these images with the Nikon D4 | Sigma 50 – 500 mm VR lens | ISO 400 1/1250 sec @ f8.0.
When we got turned around and drove back, as soon as I stopped the car he gave me this pose and I knew that it meant he was ready to depart the area. So I just started firing off the camera, figuring that none of the shots would be in focus but hoping I would get one out of the group that was usable. I was really pleased with this one.
I got very lucky on this series of shots and the camera and lens performed beautifully. Remember you can click on the image and see a larger version of the image.
We then went down to the river and visited our favorite little park. There wasn’t much going on there so we decided to take a look at the lock and dam. Much to our surprise there were 4 – 6 eagles flying. I never got a killer shot of one as they were more on the Wisconsin side of the dam but I did get some decent shots of eagles as a couple of them got close to my lens.
So between Saturday and Sunday I got a lot of wildlife shots. Eagles, Herons, Ducks, and yes Betty, some Geese. 🙂
If you like wildlife shots you should enjoy the posts this week. If not, well I’m sorry because for the most part that’s all I have so far. Of course, now with Daylight Savings Time in effect I have shooting opportunities every evening after work. This evening some of my friends from work asked me to fly the Phantom again so I am going to take it with me and if the weather conditions permit I’ll have some video later in the week.
I did take the Phantom with me yesterday in hopes of flying it over the Basin, but the wind was just too high and with my limited flight experience I was unwilling to risk it. Probably a smart thing. Well actually Jeanne said no. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.