Monday, May 25, 2015

Blue Herons - New hatchings in the wild...

Every year around this time, (Mid to late June), blue Herons in Quebec, settle in their newly made nests, lays their eggs and the cycle of life continues, as new hatchings break loose from their eggs.

We were lucky enough to be present at "Marais du Heron" near Melocheville last weekend, and witnessed these beautiful creatures in their natural marsh habitat.  The female coveting the eggs, while the males went out and got twigs to solidify the nest, and fresh fish for the mother (and in a few cases), the young ones.

The nests are somewhat close to one another, but far from the road (cycle path).  The 2-story shelter made for viewing this wonderful species is a little further away from the action.  That being said, we used the Canon 200-400mm f/4 lens, with the 1.4x switched-on, in addition to another 1.4x extender between the lens and the camera, giving a 784mm focal length.  All that, and we still needed to crop in the frame.

That being said, we'll be going back this coming weekend, with a Canon 800mm f/5.6 with a 2x extender.  Should yield much better results.

Meanwhile, you can see what we captured HERE