Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
  #1
Heron Hunt
Posted By: 8540tomg, 09-12-2009, 11:09 AM

Stumbled across this fellow today. He didn't let me get very close and there was little cover. None-the- less it was nice to see one in the wild.













K10, SMC Pentax M 400/5.6

Cheers

Tom G

Last edited by 8540tomg; 09-12-2009 at 12:15 PM. Reason: typo
Views: 1,682
09-12-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
jmc7104's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 437
Actually I rhink what you have there is a White Eagret. Herons are Blue/Grey. However still takes nothing away from your photo's Both birds are difficult to capture. jim
09-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #3
Pentaxian
8540tomg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,456
Original Poster
Thanks Jim,

Seems you are correct. Egrets and Herons are on the same page of my Peterson Filed Guide. Accordiing to the guide this is a Great Egret " a large ,stately, slender heron with a yellow bill." I don't recall seeing one before and the guide indicates this fellow is towards the northern limit of his summer dispersal range.

Tom G
09-12-2009, 12:22 PM   #4
Pentaxian
Jimbo's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Maple Ridge BC Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 11,362
Tom, what a beautiful bird and it looks like the lighting was good. There are a couple of reall standouts. [#4, 5 and 6 are my favorites.] Well done! We don't get those fellows out here! JIM

09-12-2009, 02:52 PM   #5
Pentaxian
8540tomg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,456
Original Poster
Thanks Jim.

It is a beautiful bird and has a very large wing span. The lighting was great but I was so far away I had to crop all these shots at least 100%. That's really pushing the limits of the old M 400/5.6. I metered using the sunny 16 rule ~ f16 at ISO 100 with a shutter speed of 100. It isn't very clear but he actually caught a fish or frog on that strike. You can just make it out in shot 6.

If he is there tomorrow I'll try again.

Tom G

Last edited by 8540tomg; 09-12-2009 at 05:57 PM. Reason: typo
09-12-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
Veteran Member
borno's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: md-usa
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,580
I like the first one, but I'd straighten it some (mine usually go the other way) It's not easy to get close to those Egrets. We usually get some here this time of year,but I've yet to get a good shot this summer. I check some favorite spots about every day trying to get a good shot, it can be addicting.I think a couple Herons are so used to me I can get pretty close, not so for those darn kingfishers.
09-13-2009, 04:46 AM   #7
Pentaxian
Lowell Goudge's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toronto
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 15,401
QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Thanks Jim,

Seems you are correct. Egrets and Herons are on the same page of my Peterson Filed Guide. Accordiing to the guide this is a Great Egret " a large ,stately, slender heron with a yellow bill." I don't recall seeing one before and the guide indicates this fellow is towards the northern limit of his summer dispersal range.

Tom G
Tom

Nice shots. Are these with the 400 5.6 or your 300 F4. Regardless I don't see the dreaded PF. os exposure and lighting are well controllled.

As for the egret, they have become incresingly more common in the last few years. I have seen them regularly in toronto, and also a little more north, where I never saw them before. Ultil the last few years I only saw them in florida on vacation.
09-13-2009, 07:01 AM   #8
Pentaxian
8540tomg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,456
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Tom

Nice shots. Are these with the 400 5.6 or your 300 F4. Regardless I don't see the dreaded PF. os exposure and lighting are well controllled.

As for the egret, they have become incresingly more common in the last few years. I have seen them regularly in toronto, and also a little more north, where I never saw them before. Ultil the last few years I only saw them in florida on vacation.
Thanks Lowell

I'm not really happy with any of these images as I was just too far away. What's the old maxim "get a big lens and get close?" Well I got the big lens but struck out on part two. I any case it was a thrill to see such a bird in the area.

This was the M 400/5.6 Lowell. Don't really get PF issues with it unless the birds are surrounded by branches. Unfortunately, they usually are.

As for the Egrets coming further north perhaps it is a result of global warming. I'm going to see if I can find this guy again later today.

Cheers

Tom G


Last edited by 8540tomg; 10-10-2009 at 03:19 PM. Reason: typo
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, photo
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nature Tricolor Heron & Little Blue Heron WPRESTO Post Your Photos! 3 10-05-2010 05:58 PM
Nature heron on the hunt..... dcmsox2004 Post Your Photos! 3 09-25-2010 05:34 AM
Saturday heron, Sunday heron (9 img) flippedgazelle Post Your Photos! 8 07-17-2009 01:16 PM
Shots from hunt-drive-catch-eat-Heron Jimbo Post Your Photos! 11 06-14-2009 11:08 AM
Heron on the Hunt Jimbo Post Your Photos! 20 05-16-2009 12:13 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:11 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top