Welcome to day 268 of 365 photos…today’s photo is just another heron but this one made me smile! I was passing one of those places where the water runs off when it rains when I spotted it. I drove about a mile down the road and decided to turn around. It was still there, facing the sun in this spread-wing position. I wish it was closer to the road but it was fairly far away. The photo is cropped and not all that good but again, it made me smile. I was going to title this “flasher heron” but I thought that would be a bit over the top. *grin*
I have seen this behavior before, most noticeably in coots and cormorants, but this is the first time that I have seen a Great Blue Heron with its wings spread. From what little I have read on this behavior, birds do it for many reasons and not just for drying feathers. It may help to regulate body temperature or even help balance.
I think this one was going for balance because as I was photographing him, he seemed to have fallen asleep – in some of my photos, he had his eyes closed. Perhaps it was doing a afternoon yoga session. 🙂 Whatever this heron was doing, he was just another heron but I’m glad that I turned around to get the photo. Have you seen this behavior in a heron?
Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 18-300mm
Focal Length: 300mm – Aperture: f/6.3 – Shutter Speed: 1/500 second – ISO: 800
I was not all that happy with this photo so I decided to give it a try in black and white. That grassy background looks too busy to me whether in color or black and white but anyone that takes bird or wildlife photos know that you can’t always get these critters to pose in picturesque places. 😉Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.
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