Glover Pond with Great Blue Herons and White-faced Ibis

Great Blue Heron in landing positionGreat Blue Heron in landing position – Nikon D7100, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Yesterday I focused on a few wading birds I saw at Glover Pond near the Great Salt Lake Nature Center and that include Great Blue Herons and White-faced Ibis. The rare Little Blue Heron didn’t show but these birds did. There were a few Great Blue Herons foraging the now shallow water and the two that were the closest appeared to be hatch year birds. This one was coming in for a landing.

Great Blue Heron a split second after landingGreat Blue Heron a split second after landing – Nikon D7100, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

And this is the same bird a split second later. I like how the wings seem thrown forward. The light was getting bad by the time I photographed the Great Blue making the water appear silver colored.

Great Blue Heron in Glover PondGreat Blue Heron in Glover Pond – Nikon D7100, f9, 1/800, ISO 400, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

One of the young Great Blues Herons came in close enough that I was able to get some full frame shots by turning my camera vertical. I have found that this is something that doesn’t happen often for me because the Great Blue Herons are far more skittish here in Utah than they were in Florida. Maybe it was because this heron is still young.

Foraging White-faced IbisForaging White-faced Ibis – Nikon D7100, f8, 1/800, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I was also able to get some close up images of White-faced Ibis as they foraged in Glover Pond. They are in their nonbreeding plumage now but the colors that show in their feathers are marvelous.

Preening White-faced IbisPreening White-faced Ibis – Nikon D7100, f8, 1/500, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

There is bronze, russet, gold along with blues, greens, violets and pinks. The White-faced Ibis are here in the thousands during the breeding season and before too long they will head south.

White-faced Ibis portraitWhite-faced Ibis portrait – Nikon D7100, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 1250, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

One of the ibis came in so close I just decided to go for portrait shots and although this image doesn’t show all the beautifully colored body plumage I do like the details shown in the curved bill, eye, face and neck.

Mia

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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.

7 Comments

  1. Thanks for taking to time to post all these interesting and beautiful images. Definite dinosaur connection in the herons, one of my favorites.

  2. Mia, these are some really nice shots! I love the ibises and the shot of the heron with its wings extended is wonderful. I love seeing all the feathers in the wings!

  3. Oh my goodness, Mia … glorious captures!!!! Love that close up of the plumage of the Ibis .. you captured a rainbow of beautiful colors!!!!

  4. I am ALWAYS in awe at their choreography, and their costume. Thank you for bringing this beautiful ballet to me this morning.

  5. Fabulous!! Love the Ibis coloring.

  6. Interesting angles, interesting shots…Great Blues sound prehistoric to me…in the first shot, the bitd LOOKS prehistoric, too!

  7. Oh, my gosh. The colouring of the ibis is wonderful. Lovely photo.
    Great photos of the great blue as well.

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