Great Blue Heron In Flight (Seven Photographs)

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The B&W, and its color counterpart below, with the complete shadow cast on the water are my favorites in this series. I said at the beginning of this year I would do more birds in flight, and I have achieved that goal in this and other series, some posted, some to come. Once you get the hang of swiveling with your hips, understanding the focusing settings in camera, there is still practice to get it all working and working well. Some birds give you warning they are about to fly off, but not all. At the park where I shoot I often go down a path, to a break in the foliage looking out over the lake. The opening is well hidden and while you have a clear view to the front, the sides are obscured by bush. One day, just as I arrived at this spot a Great Blue Heron banked a few feet in front of my face, I expect it had intended to land where I was standing and we were both startled. In that case I never got a shot off because after I caught my breath the bird was well away.

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44 responses

  1. Victor, these are stunning. I’d be very hard pressed to decide the best. So I’m not and counting all of them as excellent.

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    December 3, 2016 at 1:19 am

  2. These are magnificent, Victor!

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    December 3, 2016 at 3:12 am

  3. Inspiring work Victor. Found myself looking at them a few times. I think I like the one with the full reflection in the water is the best also. Says how connected the two are in life. Gives me a high bar to shoot for when I try this myself.

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    December 3, 2016 at 6:11 am

  4. I’d you’re looking for a bird to give you a real run for your money, try photographing the hummingbird. They are devilishly fast.

    Great shots by the way 🙂

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    December 3, 2016 at 6:38 am

  5. Tops

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    December 3, 2016 at 7:03 am

  6. Outstanding

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    December 3, 2016 at 8:43 am

  7. Superb shots! I agree with Tim Allen’s comments.

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    December 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

  8. Voww wonderful

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    December 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  9. Gorgeous shots, Victor!

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    December 3, 2016 at 4:11 pm

  10. Breath-taking series, Victor. It has such quiet strength.

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    December 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

  11. You never cease to amaze and inspire!

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    December 3, 2016 at 6:51 pm

  12. Amazing series.

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    December 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm

  13. What a fabulous series of flight shots of this splendid great blue heron.

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    December 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  14. Stunning! Very beautiful work, and very inspiring – thank you 🙂

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    December 3, 2016 at 11:04 pm

  15. Love these shots and how you managed to capture a wonderful sequence of action.

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    December 4, 2016 at 7:32 am

  16. Beautiful pictures. I particularly like the black and white version. 🙂

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    December 5, 2016 at 11:28 am

  17. TPJ

    Very nice! As you know my favorite type of shot, really great job.

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    December 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

  18. Very great fotos

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    December 6, 2016 at 7:21 am

  19. Pics are cool.

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    December 14, 2016 at 4:28 am

  20. Beautiful images. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’m sure I’ll enjoy your wonderful photography.

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    January 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm

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