…morning light is magic…

Down the Hatch

It can be a challenge to get close to Black Crowned Night Herons.  Got a bonus on this trip to Bryan Beach, TX with seeing three BCNH’s at eye level with this one eating breakfast.  Unlike my previous post with the Tern that couldn’t swallow the fish, this BCNH had no problem swallowing it whole.  I was able to get fairly close using my ground pod as he was too preoccupied with feeding.  Apparently he was really hungry as he kept fishing after chugging this one.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/640 sec @ F5.6, ISO 400, evaluative metering, -1/3 exposure compensation, 500mm

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1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 400, evaluative metering, 500mm

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12 responses

  1. A real mouth full. Outstanding captures. Beautifully done!

    September 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    • Thanks David. He was fun to watch.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  2. Really sweet light and captures Tim. That pond just keeps pulling you back, doesn’t it.

    September 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    • Thanks Doug. This was from back in July. Got a ton a photos in 5 outings.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  3. You really got it all on that shot – even the water dripping off the fish. Beautiful.

    September 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    • Thanks Lyle. Appreciate your comments. It was a very good time.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  4. I love those action shots!m

    September 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

    • Thanks Roselyn. The action was ripe for the picking when he grabbed that fish.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  5. That is a mouthful.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

    • Thanks dou dou. He was a very hungry bird.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  6. Kyle

    Great capture! Do you know what kind of fish that was? Does the poor big fish get swallowed desperately wriggling about the whole time?!

    November 7, 2014 at 4:12 am

    • Thanks. Not sure what kind of fish that he was trying to eat. It was too big for the Night Heron to swallow. He tried but it was just too big.

      November 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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