The grey heron sometimes stands motionless in shallow water for minutes, waiting for its prey to swim to its feet. When it does, it is quick as lightning. And usually succeeds in fishing with its long beak. That you could miss a bird almost a metre tall and with a wingspan of up to two metres is quite astonishing.
The grey heron is not rare, which is since it can adapt well to its habitat. Water is important, but it may also be a river, pond, or other body of water instead of a lake. Even in Berlin, this beautiful bird is often seen, sometimes even in winter. Most, however, migrate to warmer climes in September and return at the beginning of March.
Information about taking this photo
- Camera: Sony a77
- Focal length: 200mm
- Aperture: ƒ/4
- Shutter speed: 1/350s
- ISO: 1000
- Exposure bias: +5/10EV
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