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Close Encounter of the Great Blue Heron Kind [1] 2  (Feathery Friday) | by Nikographer [Jon]
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Close Encounter of the Great Blue Heron Kind [1] 2 (Feathery Friday)

Taken at Centennial Lake in MD, my new favorite (close) spot.

 

When I was heading towards the eagle in the tree (see previous shot where I must have flushed him out) I realized there was an area with a bunch of cover and some tree branches leaning in to the water. I headed over there and found a spot to sit on a log and setup my camera and monopod. After a minute I realized that just down the way past some more branches was this Heron.

 

I was about 30 or so feet away and it put up with me for half an hour and 150 pictures. I actually left in the middle and went to my car to change batteries and he stayed put!

 

I've got a bunch more to post, but here's the first 2 for flickr.

 

(2006_0425_D70_2158 copy)

 

Shooting info:

Nikon D70s, 2006/04/25 18:29:09, Compressed RAW (12-bit), Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000), Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D, Focal Length: 400mm, Exposure Mode: P-mode, Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern, 1/125 sec - F/8, Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV, Sensitivity: ISO 400, Optimize Image: Normal, White Balance: Cloudy, AF Mode: AF-S, Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB), Tone Comp.: Auto, Hue Adjustment: 0°, Saturation: Normal, Sharpening: Auto.

  

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Taken on April 25, 2006