Yellow-crowned Night Heron In Low Light

Yellow-crowned Night Heron in low, silvery lightYellow-crowned Night Heron in low, silvery light – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/320, ISO 500, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 240mm, natural light

Photographing in low light isn’t always easy but there are times that I truly enjoy the results of images taken in what might be considered less than optimal light.

In October of 2008 I went to Fort De Soto County Park and although the radar indicated that there were a few clouds what it didn’t show me was the sea fog that I was going to see before I even got to the park but at the toll booth I decided to head to the north beach any way. The fog was thick and it seemed to muffle the sounds of the waves and birds. I walked out onto the beach and felt like I had it all to myself and I may have for a while because of the fog.

The first bird I photographed that day was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron wandering in the sea fog near the dunes and shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.  This is my favorite photo of the night heron from that morning, I like it because of the silvery water, the pose of the bird and the moody feeling the image conveys to me.

Even though I grumble a bit when the light isn’t optimal images like this one of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron taken in low light remind me to do my best despite the conditions.

Life is good.



  1. Azstu January 13, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Delightful Image.. perfect low light tone

  2. Azstu January 4, 2018 at 10:39 pm


  3. Utahbooklover January 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Outstanding image of the yellow-crowned night heron. Maybe I’ll get to see one someday. Thanks!

  4. Marty K January 4, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Love the detail of the heron’s wings. The juxtaposition of the different greys really lets the eye, legs and head feathers pop.

  5. Elephants Child January 4, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    As a fog lover the mood captured here is perfect. As is the heron.

  6. Pepe Forte January 4, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Surreal and beautiful. Great pic Mia. Thanks.

  7. April Olson January 4, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful. I like fog, I like being out in it, they way it muffles the world. The eerie silhouettes and soft light can create great photos too.

  8. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Wonderful close up!!!

  9. Liz Cormack January 4, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Love this photo…..& the bird.

  10. Bob mcphersons January 4, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Very nice

  11. Ken Schneider January 4, 2018 at 6:03 am

    The softness of the fog enhances the isolation of the subject with beautiful effect.

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