Green Heron at Sawgrass Lake Park – From My Early Days of Being a Bird Photographer

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Green Heron with reflectionGreen Heron with reflection – Nikon D70, f5.6, 1/60, ISO 280, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

It has been kind of a crazy week, I spent a lot of it trying to pin down an issue where people in the Utah area using Comcast weren’t able to access my site or if they could they weren’t seeing all of the images. I found the problem and finally fixed that yesterday morning and breathed a sigh of relief. Things were back to normal.

Then 2:00 pm rolled around and the server went down. When I checked into the matter I found that it was a global outage which meant every site on the hosting provider was affected because of a router update they made that affected networking. The server was down for just about 12 hours total but it is back up and running now. Some customers are still waiting for their servers to go back on line so I feel fortunate to have woken up this morning to seeing my server working. It could be worse.

So, onto my photo subject this morning…

I photographed this Green Heron at Sawgrass Lake Park in Pinellas County, Florida with my first DSLR, a Nikon D70, when I was just getting into bird photography. I didn’t have a long lens back then, just a Nikkor 70-300mm VR, but because the birds were acclimated to human presence they weren’t all that skittish and allowed close approaches without stressing the birds.

When I saw this Green Heron I was on a boardwalk above the heron and I wanted a lower angle so I laid down on the boardwalk to photograph it through the slats. I did get a few odd looks from other people that walked past me as I photographed the heron but truthfully I didn’t care.  Laying down worked, that was all I cared about at the time.

Green Herons do show up here in Utah from time to time and I hope that one day I will get another opportunity to photograph these beautiful herons with their chestnut and velvety green plumage.

Life is good.



  1. Mia McPherson December 11, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Than you all for your wonderful comments.

    Pepe, this image was taken in early 2007.

  2. Pepe Forte December 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Is this a recent shot Mia; or one from your archives? It doesn’t really matter…it is simply great! You never cease to amaze…


  3. Patty Chadwick December 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Love the waterlily and bee, too….

  4. Patty Chadwick December 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Another amazingly artistic image!!! Incredibly beautiful shot!!! I do NOT miss sawgrass, which is well-named…

  5. Elephant's Child December 10, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I am so glad you perservered with bird photography. Thank you.

  6. Utahbooklover December 10, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for working so hard to get the site back to where I could see your beautiful images again. This one is another winner, with nice balance provided by the reflection. And I enjoy reading your posts too. Really did miss them.

  7. April Olson December 10, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful bird. I missed your posts, nice to have it all working again.

  8. AJ December 10, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I have seen many “Green’s” while paddling the Green River / Canyonlands N.P., out your-Utah way.

  9. Liz Cormack December 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Oh, my, what a beautiful shot…..and the reflection! You obviously had an eye for bird shots right from the beginning.

  10. Bob McPherson December 10, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Beautiful image, Mia. Lots of Herons here in LA.

  11. Stu December 10, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Thanks for the excellent image and your story about lying down to capture the image.
    Best wishes.

  12. Kathy Riggs December 10, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. You obviously had talent from the start. Gives us beginners with lesser cameras hope.

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