There’s no denying everyone goes to Big Beef Creek to photograph the eagles, but I’m not the only one who also loves seeing the Great Blue Herons. Ultimately, of course it’s the Sculpin run that brings all the birds, but the eagles, gulls, and crows all gather where the Herons are fishing. If you don’t see herons, you won’t see the others.
It’s not much of a challenge getting a picture of a Great Blue Heron fishing, though I continue to take multiple shots, but it is always challenge to get shots of them flying. It’s critical that you pan as you are shooting, particularly when they’re close, if you want a good shot. The “streaks” in the water are the result of panning as the heron flew by.It’s only when they’re flying that you realize just how long those wings are. Dominic’s recent comment that birds remind him of dinosaurs, made me think that this gliding must have been awfully similar to how a pterodactyl glided.
I’m also fascinated with Heron’s landing.
I like this shot for an entirely different reason, though: