Great Blue Herons

Today’s post features a few of the Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) that are nesting in the Venice Rookery. Great Blue Herons have long been a common bird for most of us. At the Venice Rookery, Great Blues occupy many nests. Here are a few of the images I captured of these large birds at the rookery:

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron arriving at the rookery

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron in nest

Great Blue Heron perched at top of rookery

And you might recall this pair of youngsters that I posted in an earlier post from the rookery:

Juvenile Great Blue Heron chicks in nest

In a forthcoming post, I’ll show some of the mating behaviors I captured of these “Big Birds” :o)

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Gitzo 1258-LVL carbon fiber tripod, with Wemberly gimball head
  • ISO, varied, either 800 or 500 (dependent on light levels)
  • Aperture f/9 (all)
  • Shutter, variable from 1/80 sec. to 1/3200 sec. (depending on ISO and light levels)



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