Great Blue Heron’s flight over Farmington Bay

Great Blue Heron's flight over Farmington BayGreat Blue Heron’s flight over Farmington Bay – Nikon D300, f8, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Farmington Bay Bird Refuge is getting birdier each time I visit it because fall migration seems to be starting for many of the shorebirds. A few of the wading birds at Farmington are migratory but the Great Blue Herons found there are year round residents. They tough it out through high temperatures and low water due to drought in the summer, canyon winds in excess of 70 miles per hour and the extreme cold and deep snow of winter. They are tough old birds.

This Great Blue Heron landed briefly on a willow that was along the road at Farmington Bay but before I could get my exposure set correctly it took flight. I was only able to get two frames where the heron was past another tree and this is one of them. Pretty prehistoric looking bird.


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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. Gorgeous. Streamlined beauty.

  2. Beautiful picture. Thank you :)

  3. Never saw that flight position captured before…really shows how perfectly they streamline themselves for ultimate aerodynamics…very interesting shot….like the lighting, too.

  4. Wonderful in-flight shot, Mia!

  5. Very nice. Great look at the pattern of feathers on the wing of the heron. D300, 500mm + 1.4x tc is a great combination! I hope you are enjoying the new lens.

  6. Beautiful picture of a very determined looking bird. Thanks for sharing, Mia.

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