• Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Taken: 29 November, 2014 15:04
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Taken: 29 November, 2014 15:05
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Taken: 29 November, 2014 15:04
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s

This is a very skittish species, perhaps one of the most nervous of all. When I drive up any river these are the birds that first take to the wings to escape. This juvenile was a rare exception, as it was simply sitting there as I passed slowly.

Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
This is an adult which also is behaving much less like the norm for the species. It’s out in the open and should have taken to the wings long ago, but is simply observing as I slowly approach.

Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Here it’s deciding when to fly, and by hesitating it’s sliding downwards so it’s seemingly hanging on the branch.