It is always when you least expect it, when you are focused on something else, that right in front of you something wonderful flies by. For once, I am not lamenting on my equipment limitations where every bird I see is either ping-pong ball size or looks that way in the viewfinder.
I was shooting manual with the camera set at 1/200 sec. f5.6 ISO 320. These settings were for a Great Egret that was a bit of a distance away. Of course, the egret was just standing around like they always do, hiding in the shadows of a watering hole.
Then out of the marsh comes this Great Blue Heron, maybe 40 feet away. Right past me, then he turns in front of me on his way to the shore. All this happened so fast, I had no time to make different camera adjustments, just follow the action.
I’m thinking I blew it with a slow shutter speed and manual focusing. I switch to auto-focus then rip off 30 frames anyway. Thought wrong, because almost all of the photos came out just fine. Plus, he landed not too far away. My lucky day.
Lowering the landing gear…
making the approach. (And I needed a faster shutter speed for the splashdown….)
So I’m thinking, maybe I will be really lucky and he gives me a show by catching a fish. He did see the egret fishing and wanted to get in on the good fishing hole.
I reset the shutter speed for 1/1000 sec. Now I am going to be prepared this time. The photos I have been waiting for, the ones with the bullet-like fish piercing…. Looking, looking… drats.
OK big guy, what’s the deal on that few feathers coming out the back of your head. I think they are funny too.
Next post, see where he was in the water with other birds. I think it is amazing that competitive species (for food) get along side by side. Makes you think something is wrong with people.