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