Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #243

Yet another gift we got from our stay at Big Bend National Park. We had sighted this Green Heron (Butorides Virescens) a couple of times, but he was always too far away to get a decent image. I was determined to get a photo of this guy. Our last morning at Rio Grande Campground I went to the beaver pond and sat and sat and sat. There was nada, nothing, not a stirring of a bird. The only good thing was there were also few people. It was growing hot and I was about to give up. I said a quick prayer and Abba said “wait”. I waited. In a few minutes here he came. He landed about fifty yard away and gawked, gulped and eyeballed every thing around. He shook his feathers and put up his top-knot and I had my image.

The Green Heron is one of the few tool-using birds. He will drop bait in the water and sit in stoney stillness awaited a fish to take the bait. Amazing† A group of herons has many collective names, including a “battery”, “hedge” “rookery”, scattering” and my favorite a “pose”. So fitting!

Show off your plumage on your journey†††nada te turbe††††††††jim

10 thoughts on “Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #243

  1. This is just a perfect photo!! My jaw is still open. Can I ask you to share your camera settings and what lens have you used if you don’t mind. I have often tried to click bird shots but hardly with any success. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Bullu,,,,,,,nikon D300s, 400iso 1/7500 @ f7.5. Sigma 500mm f4’5 lens on a monopod. Exp compensation -1/3 stop, daylight light balance……I shoot raw format….thanks for looking, glad to help you out anyway I can……shalom en theos…..jim

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