One morning last November, while camping at Lake O’ the Pines, Texas, I decided to get up early for some sunrise photography. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. It was a very hazy, almost foggy, morning. My first look over the lake was not promising.
Canon EOS 7D (150mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO3200)
I thought, “If the Great Blue Heron would just stay there, and if the sun would break through the haze, maybe I could get a decent telephoto shot of it.” Too many ifs to hope for. Soon after I took the above shot, an early boater cruised by and scared the heron off its perch. In addition, the sky remained overcast practically all day.
Ten minutes later, it was a little brighter but still very overcast, and the view on the lake was still hazy. I noticed a point on the shoreline where, in spite of poor light, a little fall color was visible. Then I noticed, at the base of the point, what might have been the same heron as in the above photo.
Canon EOS 7D (150mm, f/5, 1/800 sec, ISO1250)
My hope was that the heron would start foraging along the coastline and, in doing so, might move closer to the camera. However, for the several minutes I watched it, it never moved from that perch. For the time being, the heron was only interesting in preening. At least it displayed its feathers nicely.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO1600)
With a mostly overcast sky for the remainder of the day, opportunities for good bird photography were virtually nonexistent. The only significant exception was a chance encounter chronicled in an earlier post to this blog.
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