Resting Great Blue Heron With American Coots At The Local Pond

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Resting Great Blue Heron with American Coots, Salt Lake County, UtahResting Great Blue Heron with American Coots – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This setting may look familiar to keen eyed viewers who saw my image yesterday of American Coots in a snow storm. This photo of a resting Great Blue Heron with American Coots was taken yesterday afternoon when the sun was shining on the same shoreline of my local pond as one of the photos I shared here on my blog yesterday. The light was brighter and it wasn’t snowing so the two images of the same location have a different “feel” to them.

American Coots in a snow storm, Salt Lake County, UtahAmerican Coots in a snow storm – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 800, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’m posting this photo again for easy comparison. Is one image more appealing than the other because of the different light and the weather conditions? Really that is just a matter of personal taste and personal taste varies greatly from one person to the next. Both images have appeal to me.

Great Blue Herons are year round residents here in northern Utah, they get through the snow storms and the bitter cold of our winters much the same as our other year round resident birds and are just as tough. This Great Blue Heron may be seen at my local pond off and on this winter depending on whether the pond completely ices over this winter. Last year this pond never did freeze completely for shore to shore but last winter was pretty “warm” compared to previous winters and it never stayed cold enough for long enough for the pond to ice over completely.

Life is good.



  1. April Olson December 8, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos. You will have to create a four season panel.

  2. Steve December 4, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    great photo of the heron and coots. Very balanced, good light and my eye went right to the heron. That’s a framer

  3. Utahbooklover December 4, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Quite a contrast between the two. The Great Blue Heron is one of my favorites — really appreciate that image.

  4. Elephants Child December 4, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I am a fan of both images. And am a woman of many moods.

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