Little Blue Herons on the Hunt

A Little Blue Heron searching for preyA Little Blue Heron searching for prey – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I’ve been feeling a bit blue because of gray skies and the rotten situation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge so I thought I would post some blue birds, Little Blue Herons. These Little Blue Herons on the hunt were both taken at Fort De Soto in two different tidal lagoons.

This first image was taken in the tidal lagoon near the concession stand at the north beach in bright light while I laid on my belly in the sand right next to the edge of the shoreline. After this image was taken the Little Blue caught a pipefish and devoured it. I shared the morning photographing with two friends and we all had a great time.

A Little Blue Heron stalking prey in a dark lagoonA Little Blue Heron stalking prey in a dark lagoon – Nikon D200, handheld, f4.8, 1/250, ISO 400, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 86mm, natural light, not baited

This image of a Little Blue Heron stalking prey was also taken at Fort De Soto but in a different lagoon that had mangroves on the edge of it which reflected on the water. For this image I was sitting still in the lagoon photographing birds as they came close to me and this Little Blue Heron came so close to me that I could barely fit it in the frame. Because I sat so still I don’t think the heron saw me as a threat at all but it took a great deal of patience and sitting still in the lagoon for a long time to get this photo.

I like both of these images because of the hunting poses of the herons but also because of the different water colors.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover January 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I agree with M.B. about the first image, however the second one is terrific too.

  2. M. Bruce January 15, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    That top image may be one of the prettiest imagines you’ve ever shared!

  3. Elephant's Child January 15, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Love your antidotes for distress.

  4. Patty Chadwick January 15, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Two beautiful, very different images. Love the direction and intensity of focus, calm waters, reflection and water drops in the first…it is obvious that the bird has just made an attempt to nab prey, and the focus, and all the colors, including the blue in the rings, and the dark browns and greensi in the water in the second frame…
    (I’m trying not to mention the selfish, stupid you know whats in Oregon, because I don’t want to give them one more second of attention)….

  5. Bob Mcpherson January 15, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Beautiful images Mia. The Blue Hereons are plentiful around here and interesting to photograph.
    Hoping the Malheur situation will resolve itself soon.

  6. Nancy Collins January 15, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Beautiful images Mia!

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