A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) hunts along the shores of the Capilano River in North Vancouver, British Columbia

great blue heron - ardea herodias - at the capilano river

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at the Capilano River (Purchase)

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   Late last year I published a post on this blog called “Creating Drama with Shutter Speed“. While at the Capilano River in North Vancouver, British Columbia I had made a few photographs of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). By utilizing different shutter speeds I found that (in this case) a shutter speed of 0.6 seconds brought a lot of drama to the scene by blurring the river in the background.

   This photo is another photo I made that day of the same Heron, again with a slower than normal shutter speed ( 1/6th of a second in this case). While I think my favourite of the day is the slow shutter speed Heron photo from that other post, this one comes in a close second for me.

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2 Responses to “A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)”

  1. Paul Conrad says:

    Wow!!

    Nice shot Michael!!

    Love the feel to the images.

    I ran into the same experience. A heron amidst the waterfalls along Whatcom Creek in Bellingham, Wash.

    I was actually just shooting the fall colors when this Great Blue Heron flew into the waterfalls I was shooting. Here’s my blog posting: http://wp.me/pEP2O-NT

    Maybe this blog is where I got my inspiration from.

    Thanks Michael and have a great day.

    • Michael says:

      Nice shots Paul! I can’t think of too many species of local bird that would allow us to get long exposure shots like this. Herons make great subjects!

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