Two “Different Takes” of a Great Blue Heron

I’ve not been able to get out with my cameras and so have been going through photos taken this past winter, specifically my Great Blue Heron images.

This Great Blue Heron was photographed back in February at Blackwater NWR.

The cloudy day created soft reflections on the still water.

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Great Blue Heron


As I started to turn away to leave, the heron took flight.ย  I quickly tried to re-zoom and focus, capturing the following blurry image.

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“Great Blue Blur”


It’s not what I planned!ย  But I thought it turned out pretty cool after all.

I was sorry I spooked him; but am happy to report when I ‘re-looped’ the wildlife drive, he was back in his spot as I slowly cruised by.ย  It’s a location where you can easily find a Great Blue Heron fishing at the refuge.



37 thoughts on “Two “Different Takes” of a Great Blue Heron

  1. Both compositions are very good, the blur would work better if the image was sunny. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great Blue Herons are such fun to photograph. And usually pretty easy to capture, as they stand in ‘stalking’ pose for so long – until they don’t ๐Ÿ™‚ . Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love Great Blue Herons and hoping to get to an urban lake here in the city as soon as possible after surgery (9 days of waiting) to hopefully capture a fly-by and landing. I really like the reflections. Also I like the motion blur, a change from the usual and attractive in its own way.Great colour!

    • Thank you, Jane! I’ll be thinking of you for a speedy recovery, and be able to get out/about quickly to go see your blooming spring’s nature and birds, including a GBH! ๐Ÿ™‚

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