Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

December 27, 2009

Green Heron on Submerged Branch

Filed under: behavior, Birds, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light, style — richditch @ 2:20 pm
Green Heron

Green Heron on submerged branch

Here’s another example of my typical style of showing a bird smaller in the frame with much of the emphasis on the habitat that supports the bird.

This Green Heron at the Gilbert Water Ranch was doing what they do most of the time – waiting patiently for a fish or frog or insect to come close enough for the heron to catch and eat it. I’ve taken many frame-filling shots of Green Herons (their plumage is very interesting and worth a tight framing), but I really like these habitat shots.

I had overcast conditions on this visit (same day as the kinglet and the Orange-crowned Warbler), so light levels were low. But herons are so patient that can remain motionless for long periods and if your tripod is up to the job then slow shutter speeds will work out.

This was shot at 1/40th second at f/5.6 and ISO 400 with a Nikon D200, 300/2.8 lens plus matched TC20E (2x) on a Gitzo 1325 carbon fiber tripod.



  1. Excellent!

    Comment by Kerri — December 27, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  2. Great shot of the Green Heron.

    (BTW: I want to thank you for keeping your blog easily accessible for those of us still stuck with dial up internet connections. You haven’t loaded up the header or sidebar with photos and the file size of your featured photo is small. I appreciate it.)

    Comment by Marvin — December 27, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  3. I too am on dial up most of the time and I have lots of experience waiting for other sites to load.

    Comment by richditch — December 27, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

  4. Another beautiful photo in your Oriental series 🙂

    The green water is a creamy jade color – marvelous!

    Comment by Bosque Bill — December 28, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

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