Shooting at the Great Blue Heron Rookery on Bath Road

March 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Great Blue Heron - Bath Road RookeryGreat Blue Heron - Bath Road Rookerygreat blue heron at the Bath Road Rookery.
photographed by Doug West Photography, the bird photographer.

To mark the "beginning" of bird photography for the new year, I
usually trek to Bath Road, where the Great Blue Heron Rookery
is (Cuyahoga County Valley). The Heron's aren't as populated as
a decade a go, but there's still quite a few.

Every February the males arrive. During this time they claim their
nest and wait for the females to arrive, which is late February,
early March.

I usually make it out in February, but thanks to a car accident, I
didn't make it out until March 12, 2016.

The forecast was partly cloudy. Unfortunately, it was mostly sunny.
This is pretty much the kiss of death in the morning. Why? The sun
is almost at your face at a 10am position.

There were lots of 'photographers' there. What's sad is, nobody had
a clue on what they were doing. Everyone of them, and I do mean
everyone, were shooting directly into the sun.

The best way to shoot was to focus on this one particular tree that
sat more in the back. With the right body turn, the Herons would be
nicely front lighted...which is how I made the image for this post.

One photographer asked me...is that a 500? Nope. Is that 7d Mark II?
Nope. Is that an APS-C sensor? Nope. I was afraid his next question
would be if my tripod had four legs :)

This was almost my first time to really try out my new 1DX. The camera
performed flawlessly, especially in flight. I also didn't miss the reach of
the Canon 1D Mark IV. Shooting from the parking lot, I started off with
my Canon 1.4x III teleconverter, but that ended up being too much.
I ended up shooting just with the 600.

I'm gonna enjoy this year!


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