Great Blue Heron in Low Light

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in low lightGreat Blue Heron in pre-dawn light – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 240mm, natural light

The sun had not yet crested the eastern horizon when I photographed this Great Blue Heron as it hunted in the shallow waters on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. Although I could have waited for better light I wanted to capture this heron as it stalked its prey just before the golden light of dawn arrived so I laid down on the sugar sand created a nice series of images of this bird. The tide was very low that morning and that exposed an off shore sandbar that is seen on the horizon as a gray line and just above that is the Earth’s shadow.



  1. Holly February 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

    WOW – even in low light, you produce amazing photos!! I have been following all of your posts since my first comment, and I am always in awe – I just never know what to say without repeating myself all the time!! 😉

    • Mia McPherson February 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you very much for your very kind words Holly. I think I am fortunate to have wonderful subjects!

  2. Scott Simmons February 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Lovely shots, Mia! I was just at Fort De Soto yesterday and one flew up to me and stood just like that. I think he wanted a handout. Nice work!

    • Mia McPherson February 26, 2012 at 4:50 am

      Thanks Scott. Great Blues are no where near as fearless here as they were while I was in FL, I really have to work hard to get a close up shot.

  3. Tammy Karr February 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    The colors of this photo are gorgeous. I also really like the angle!

    • Mia McPherson February 26, 2012 at 4:47 am

      Thank you Tammy, the pre-dawn light can bring out some beautiful colors.

  4. Julie G. February 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Mia, this photograph is stunning! Beautiful bird. Love the angle you took the shot.

  5. Prairie Birder February 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

    So beautiful Mia.

    • Mia McPherson February 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you PrairieBirder.

  6. Scott February 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Just a gorgeous shot!

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