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Great Blue Heron Golden Silhouette

My first trip to Bolivar Flats along the Texas gulf coast in 2020 was magical.  One of the rare times when the Gulf of Mexico was very calm and the pre-dawn light was amazing.  Caught this great blue heron coming in for a landing and was able to get some decent shots with very slow shutter speeds @ 1/100 & 1/80 sec.  Had to crank my ISO up to 6400 and use 1 2/3 exposure compensation as it was before the sun came up.  Wish that I would have used ISO 10,000.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wilberley II gimbal head

1/100 sec @ F5.6, ISO 6400, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, from ground pod

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1/80 sec @ F5.6, ISO 6400, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, from ground pod

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Great Blue Landing in Silhouette

Spent about 1.5 hrs lying around at Bolivar Flats yesterday taking shorebird photos.  Go figure.  As I was concentrating on a group of Willets, this Great Blue Heron started squawking above me as he circled twice and then finally landed fairly close to me.  I tracked him as he was coming in for a landing,  which was a challenge while laying down with a ground pod.  Got my sweatshirt all twisted up while spinning myself around on my stomach.  Luckily for me, he landing into the sun which produced a nice series of silhouette shots.  This one came out the best with his wings outstreatched and feet just starting to enter the water.

Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens on Skimmer ground pod.

1/2000 sec @ F6.3, evaluative metering, + 2/3 exposure compensation, ISO 250