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Monday, June 6, 2011

Gotcha!

I see these Great Blue Herons catching their food almost every day and I am always impressed by how seldom they miss. When they make that stab into the water they usually come up with something wriggling. However, until recently I haven't had a camera that could capture video as well as still photos. The Sony a55 I am now using does both. If you want to watch a Great Blue Heron catching his breakfast in High Definition video, the clip below is only 20 seconds long. Often the waiting and watching is five or ten minutes of concentrated immobility.

10 comments:

Dean Lewis said...

Great action 'freeze'!
Was the top still a portion of a video or just great timing?
Maybe one in a sequence of quick multi-shots ..? Like the old motor-drives ..

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi Dean - your second guess - one of a series of fast shots. I actually shot the video a few days later in order to show some actual catching of fish.

Thanks also for your recent update on Roger - I'm still planning to get down there at dawn sometime this summer. Here's a link to my shot of the yellowbelly, taken last year: http://victoriadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/06/yellow-bellied-marmot-marmota.html

Dean Lewis said...

Apparently Roger is out and about at any time of day, getting tamer as snacks are offered him.
A fence was put up at one end of his 'domain' to keep tourists away from the beehives in place, but you can walk down closer to the rocks and shrubs where he is most of the time.

Mike Laplante said...

Good action shot...

http://alternatecafe.blogspot.com/2011/06/fishing.html

This guy (gal?) peering intently at something in the water, Swan Lake, last week.

SRQ said...

Nice capture --- I like the water droplets frozen mid-air. We were thinking the same today with our photos!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant photo in every way, enjoyed the video too, great camera you must be thrilled with it!

JoJo said...

What a fantastic shot!

Steffe said...

Perfect timing on this photo.

Nativa said...

Great timing, fantastic shot!!!

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LorDouglas said...

woow! you have very good pictures