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I had been kneeling at the tripod using the X100F and the 10 stop ND filter, shooting the waterfall at the Sasebo pond. I looked up and around to see what else was going on and spied this guy about 30m away. So snapped a couple shots with the X-T1.

From this angle the neck curve can be seen and I believe it's a blue heron.

I stayed longer at the waterfall, then made my way behind it to the heron's side of the pond. I shot more waterfall from about 3m to the heron's right.

The bird seemed to be quite nonchalant about me being so close.

He had retracted his neck and head quite close and by this time he looked more like a blue and white penguin than a heron. I was able to get some more shots of him.

 

I then walked around a bit more and ended up on his left side, less than 2m from him. He turned his head to keep an eye on me but still wasn't at all concerned. So I snapped a few more.

I figured even if he didn't seem concerned, he didn't need any more stress from a bozo photographer and left him alone.

 

Not once did he extend his neck to look like the typical S-shaped heron neck.

 

This is the first time I've seen what I think is a heron here. I wouldn't think that Sasebo pond has the right fish for him. He seemed more interested in basking than anything else.

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Taken on May 28, 2018