Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little Boy Blue

Images of the little blue heron from our recent weekend trip to Lake Martin, LA. I will preface this by letting you know the light was bad and the nesting site was a few hundred feet away, so it was a challenge to shoot. I'm trying to talk Double D into returning this weekend. Negotiations are a little tense, but I have a good feeling I will get my way. :)





When I shot this I had no idea an alligator was sneaking up behind.
The gator must've sailed past because I didn't hear or see a commotion.


37 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I like this bird. I think you did well.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I think the lighting is fabulous!!! Give the blues and purples of the little blue heron a much more intense coloring!!!!!

Fantastic Gail.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Nice shots. She was fantastically cooperative on that fifth shot, wasn't she.

I don't shoot with a great zoom, but I've been surprised many a time once I got home and reviewed my photos. That is half the fun. My favorite...a long shot of my Lab swimming in the river...in the background, a fish flying four feet in the air.

TexWisGirl said...

just spectacular! his blues and purples are wonderful!

Debbie said...

light...distance, phooey, these are stunning, just stunning!!

and the perfect backdrop to showcase his gorgeous colors!!

if you need any help with double d, let me know....i can give you a few pointers, stuff that ALWAYS works for me ;)

Karen said...

That's one gorgeous blue heron! You captured it beautifully!

ladyfi said...

A blue egret -how stunning!

hootnonny said...

Can't imagine how much better your Blue Boy could have been!

Bill said...

I'd say you did very well despite the conditions. Great photos!

Kim Stevens said...

What a beauty and I love that you got the gator in the shot too!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Amazing bird and your shots are perfect!

Melissa said...

Oh how beautiful! I've never seen this bird before. Thanks so much for posting it!

Mitzi said...

WOW...I don't think I have seen one that blue before! GORGEOUS! Pretty awesome that you got a shot with both the Heron and a gator! BTW you are brave to be in those waters with all the gators about. big hugs, xoxo http://simplysouthernblogger.com/favorite-little-things-of-cats-and-yarn/

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful bird. That is just crazy about the alligator!

DeniseinVA said...

These photos are spectacular Gail! What a beautiful heron, such a gorgeous blue!

Hilary said...

Oh he's a beauty.. and a lot bluer than the Great Blue. It would freak me out to see the gator... but that's just me. Some people actually kayak around them. ;)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous images. This bird looks almost velvet like.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beautiful photos of the blue heron. I love the next to the last photo of him.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous blue. what an amazing bird. so different ...
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Roan said...

Beautiful bird! Glad that gator didn't stop. Very nice series of shots. I would be wanting to go back, too.

eileeninmd said...

I love the Little Blue, it is one of my favorite herons.. Great shots! Have a happy weekend!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

These are amazing captures, Gail. If you'd had "better" light, I'm afraid the rich colors wouldn't have been apparent. Really well done.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful captures. Your photos really showcase his colorful plumage.

Linda R said...

Well I happen to think these shots are awesome.. I can only dream to shoot as good as you my friend. A gator that close and you didn't see it. Now that is scary..

Hugs~

Brian King said...

Gorgeous color! Really nice shots! I hope you can go back.

Kathy said...

Wow, these are beautiful. That Big Bertha lens (isn't that what you call it?) really pulled through for you this time. I want one of those!

beth said...

wow…and holy crap….an alligator like right there???YIKES !!!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Sweet, love the gator in the last.

Evelyn S. said...

A true BLUE heron! I didn't know of this one, but there are many of the big birds I don't know. What a beautiful, showy creature. And the alligator....most interesting, but I say "No, thank you!"

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

A beautiful "big blue" heron!!
That sneaky gator!! It's fun when you check out your photos and you find a surprise!!
Lovely!!!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Gail, you please be careful around those waters. I have several fears; elevators, skyscrapers, cruise-ships and ...alligators. They make me shiver when I see them in any form.

This isn't news to you, right? I've said this before, huh?

Watch out for those things!!!

GORGEOUS PHOTOS = GORGEOUS

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love little blues -- and you got the greatest picture of him all ruffly. I like to see alligators (still haven't got tired of them) but you gotta' be careful about them sneaking up on you !!

catskillblogger said...

They look like great shots to me.

Helma said...

Again, this is such a beautiful bird Gail. This is really a blue heron. Fantastic to see. This I do not! Knew

Donna said...

Your blue heron is so much more colorful than ours which is duller in color...gorgeous and oh that gator was a bit scary to me!!

LC said...

So beautiful it looks beyond real. Great job under less than optimal conditions!

Barbara said...

Your "bad" shots are always ten times better than my good ones!