This article shares an assortment of handheld photographs of a cooperative green heron, captured during a recent visit to Hendrie Valley.
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I arrived at Hendrie Valley reasonably early in the morning, and decided to start my day without the use of an M.Zuiko teleconverter. I noticed a green heron in some shade and decided to investigate. Often this species of bird can be skittish. It was great to find a cooperative green heron to photograph. As you can see from the EXIF data I started out using a fairly slow shutter speed of 1/50th, with my lens fully extended to 400 mm (efov 800 mm).
My usual approach with perched birds is to get in as close as possible. I started off using this approach, but switched things up a bit as this cooperative green heron lingered along the shoreline. This gave me more time to experiment with composition.
I moved back from the cooperative green heron and composed a few images that included more of the environment to give the photographs more context. The following image is from the same RAW file as the photograph above. The only difference is with the crop orientation.
As is my standard practice, I used Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking for most of my photographs that morning. The only deviation is when I used Pro Capture H.
We typically think of Pro Capture H in terms of birds taking flight. I find that it is also very useful with perched birds, and those walking around in their environment.
Pro Capture allows me to capture precise leg, wing, body and head positions. Especially with birds like this cooperative green heron, as they often move very slowly and deliberately.
Another great use of Pro Capture H is to photograph specific behaviors such as a bird extending its neck and/or opening its beak. These small details can help make a bird photograph more interesting.
This cooperative green heron flitted off a few times, only to return a few minutes later. This created some opportunities for me to capture images of it at different spots along the shoreline of the pond. Here are a few more of those photographs.
Old habits die hard, and I couldn’t resist capturing a close-up photograph of the cooperative green heron’s head and neck, as you can see in the image above.
It was a ‘dead still’ morning with absolutely no breeze. For a time, the surface of the water was like glass. This gave me a unique opportunity to compose some images that incorporated reflections.
The last photograph in this article is one of my favourites from my photo session at Hendrie Valley that day.
When out photographing perched or static birds like this cooperative green heron, it can be beneficial to experiment with various shutter speeds, and special features that your camera may provide.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Crops are noted as appropriate. This is the 1,068th article published on this website since its original inception.
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