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Photo Feature: Great Blue Heron

March 18, 2019

By Megan Zabel Holmes, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

I couldn’t believe my luck when, the first time I left the house with my new telephoto lens, I stumbled upon this great blue heron at Orenco Woods Nature Park.

I get the feeling that he was used to the paparazzi—he saw me, then ignored me as I proceeded to set up my tripod about 25 feet away. I spent about 20 minutes sharing space with the bird, who essentially sat perfectly still and allowed me to take this same photo over and over.

A large bird with dark-blue feathers and an orange beak and a horizontal black band across its head stands with wings furled on a grassy shore above stagnant water.

Great blue heron. (Photo by Megan Zabel Holmes)

Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Settings: ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/250 second


Megan Zabel Holmes: megan.holmes@trailkeepersoforegon.org


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