Surf-side Sentinel

Surf-side SentinelSurf-side Sentinel – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Great Blue Herons are wading birds that I photographed quite often at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach while I lived in Florida. I have so many images of them in my archives that I haven’t opened to process so this morning I found this one to share. The Great Blue Heron was resting on the wrack line with the Gulf of Mexico’s waves in the background and the sea breeze had lifted it occipital plume. For some reason I just thought of the heron as a surf-side sentinel watching everything around it.

The image brings back memories of the sugar sand beneath my feet, the warmth of the sun on my skin and the smell of the sea. For me my passion for bird photography isn’t always about the images I create but is also about being there, soaking up my surroundings, savoring the sights, sounds and smells.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Been thinking about painting another Great Blue,,,Is this a sign???

  2. Jane Chesebrough

    Sand beneath your feet…it snowed here today. Temporary and maybe it will help green things up.That is a lovely shot.

  3. Echoing Lois. WOW. And WOW again.

  4. ” … about being there”.

    Amen, Mia.

  5. Simply a gorgeous shot of the Heron!

  6. Awesome! Have seen one or two blue herons in Lexington, KY that a friend and I try to follow – not as photographers. They don’t look as well nourished as this one. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautiful Heron image.

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