This Green Heron was the first of 2 adults and 3 juveniles that stopped in to visit the Pond at Wellfleet Audubon, Cape Cod MA.
Some days, you just plain get lucky.
Sure, you can get good at your craft, make sure you have the right gear, and make the right moves, like getting up for the early morning sun, timing the tides, the sun, the clouds etc... But again, luck sometimes plays into it, like this day, at Wellfleet Bay Audubon, on Cape Cod. When you're shooting outdoors, it just pays to get lucky.
This Green Heron is waiting and watching for the small fish that it feeds on.
Part of learning your craft is not only the equipment, and techniques, but learning about your subjects. For me, lately, this means, learning about the wading birds of Cape Cod. I've been learning all I can about the migration patterns and the behavior of Herons.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod has woodlands, salt marshes, and tidal flats. Some of the best Herons on the East Coast come to the marshes to feed, and to breed! For me, that means, timing my visits to try and capture images of their behavior.
A Juvenile Green Heron, Butorides virescens, (Note the stripes on the breast) surveys the water below his perch.
Time to get out and shoot more! I want more. I want to see the Herons, with fish. I want to catch feeding behavior.
To get better at my shooting, I just want more... luck!
Wildlife Photography Tips 2 http://www.bluefinstudios.com/blog/2014/2/tutorial---wildlife-photography-tips-2
Wildlife Photography Tips, Part I http://www.bluefinstudios.com/blog/2014/2/tutorial---wildlife-photography-tips-1