Close Encounter of the Great Blue Heron Kind  2
Originally uploaded by Nikographer [Jon].
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Taken at Centennial Lake in MD, my new favorite (close) spot.
When I was heading towards the eagle in the tree (see previous shot where I must have flushed him out) I realized there was an area with a bunch of cover and some tree branches leaning in to the water. I headed over there and found a spot to sit on a log and setup my camera and monopod. After a minute I realized that just down the way past some more branches was this Heron.
I was about 30 or so feet away and it put up with me for half an hour and 150 pictures. I actually left in the middle and went to my car to change batteries and he stayed put!
I've got a bunch more to post, but here's the first 2 for flickr.
Nikon D70s, 2006/04/25 18:29:09, Compressed RAW (12-bit), Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000), Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D, Focal Length: 400mm, Exposure Mode: P-mode, Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern, 1/125 sec - F/8, Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV, Sensitivity: ISO 400, Optimize Image: Normal, White Balance: Cloudy, AF Mode: AF-S, Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB), Tone Comp.: Auto, Hue Adjustment: 0°, Saturation: Normal, Sharpening: Auto.