I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.
Earlier this week I caught this juvenile night heron flying just above the salt marsh. The night herons have been coming out lately to feed on the small crabs that can often be found scurrying around the marsh during low tide.
Such perfect detail in your photo. Thank you.
So glad you liked it, thanks much!
As a fellow nature/wildlife photographer your work is exquisite. I follow your post every day. I don’t know if you would like to do this or not,but I would like to see the camera settings used for the shot. It might help upcoming photographers on how to use manual settings to get the great shot’s that you get. I know I would love to have the chance to join you sometime.
Bob Miracle http://miraclephotography.smugmug.com/birds
Thanks a million for the kind words Bob and glad you liked this shot. I think I shot this at a shutter speed of 800 due to poor lighting. I generally like to shot at 1250 or faster for flying birds. I also shoot in Manual mode 98% of the time, and use as low an ISO as possible.
Nice Juvenile Yellow-crown Night-heron
Hey glad you enjoyed seeing the juvie Y-c! Thanks much for looking!
Great capture, Phil! I am always impressed with the birds in flight you capture. What would you say is your throw away rate? How many attempts does it take to get a good one?
Thanks a bunch Jeff, glad you liked this night heron photo! In this case I took three or four shots and only liked this one. It all depends on how much of an opportunity I get. If a bird zips in real quick I might get off only a shot or two and hope one is good. I usually end up tossing a few in most cases.
He’s so interesting looking with his cool markings and red eye. Great shot, Phil.
They really are cool looking birds and do have a HUGE eye! 🙂
What a great picture. Beautiful bird and his eye color are really something.
Glad you liked this night heron shot! They are cool birds and I love their bobble heads and that big eye.
He’s a very handsome young guy. Great capture of flight. I love the detail and his focused look.
Good description, he is a handsome bird. One of my favorites. When hunting for food they are EXTREMELY focused and have the ability to tune out almost all distractions.
Nice details in the feather pattern! Love that orange eye.
Thanks very much! They do have a nice feather pattern and a big eye!
What can I say? Just awesome, Phil..
Thanks a million Sid, so glad you liked seeing this night heron juvie!
Beautiful photo Phil.
I appreciate that very much Sandra thank you!
Wow! That’s awesome.
Well I’m very happy you liked seeing this cool little dude!
Awesome shot, such sharp/crisp eyes!
My favorite part of these birds is that huge red eye! Thanks very much for looking and commenting!
How can you tell that he is juvenile, is it cause of its size or there are some colour specifics related to the age? He looks majestic in this pose. Wonderful capture, Phil!