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Green heron: how do I get close?

 
Tom ­ Reichner
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Jun 29, 2017 00:03 |  #16

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I've never found any of the Herons or Egrets to be difficult to get close to. Maybe its your location. Down here I can pretty much walk to within 20 feet or so of most any of them. Heck I had a Great Blue come to me....landed right next to me.

Location definitely has a lot to do with it.

Here in the area where I live, there are a lot of Great Blue Herons. . But they rarely ever have any encounters with humans because the human population is so sparse. . So when I see a GBH, I literally cannot approach to within a hundred and twenty five yards without the heron getting scared and flying off. . They are absolutely terrified of any human, and will not allow one to get anywhere near them.

Hence, the only way I can get close enough to photograph them is to shoot them at their rookery, where they are pretty much anchored to their nests and their young, and have no choice but to tolerate me..........albeit uncooperatively and grudgingly.

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Jun 29, 2017 04:45 as a reply to Tom Reichner's post |  #17

There was a GBH at the place I lived a few years back that I could photograph with my 70-200. Guy had no fear whatsoever.


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Jun 29, 2017 09:39 |  #18

They are predators, (GBH etc.) ie: have a very high capacity for learning,. and they acclimatize themselves to their environment.

The GBH's that frequent our large city park, specifically the "regulars", are relatively very tolerant of humans. Some will not let you get too close, some will, but as compared to the ones I used to see as a boy out in the boondocks of Georgian Bay, those ones could spend days/weeks without seeing people, and thus usually the only sight I ever got was them taking flight to buzz off before I even knew there was one nearby.


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Jul 05, 2017 07:16 |  #19

Down here on the upper Texas Gulf Coast, herons and egrets generally are not hard to get close to. Generally. Of all herons, Great Blues are usually the most skiddish.

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Jul 05, 2017 13:53 |  #20

Its probably a good thing some of them are skittish around humans. We have them here at the local Audubon. We also have raised walking platforms above the water and once in awhile a Great blue will actually go under the boardwalks. the other day a family came by and walked above it, normally the bird would just wait and have them walk past, but one of the kids started to poke at the bird with something and spooked it. Could have injured it as well If it didn't get out while it did. It could be the same one I saw a few weeks ago in and around the same spot, its probably a juvenile as well.
Sometime humans aren't what I would call too smart by any means.


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Jul 05, 2017 14:35 |  #21

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....but one of the kids started to poke at the bird with something ....

My blood would be boiling if I saw that. vmad


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Aug 01, 2017 19:48 |  #22

Well, I was in Florida (Everglades) this past weekend, and I'll give you one guess as to which was the first bird that presented itself. Taken within 30 feet of me, didn't even care that I was there...

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Compared to the super-shy pair around my house, who I cannot get within 50 yards of before they fly off and hide. This was from today... 1000mm, go figure vmad

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Sep 19, 2017 09:59 |  #23

MatthewK wrote in post #18416810 (external link)
Well, I was in Florida (Everglades) this past weekend, and I'll give you one guess as to which was the first bird that presented itself. Taken within 30 feet of me, didn't even care that I was there...

Compared to the super-shy pair around my house, who I cannot get within 50 yards of before they fly off and hide. This was from today... 1000mm, go figure vmad

That's awesome, Matthew!

It just goes to show that sometimes the best way to get close enough for great photos is to look for different opportunities in different places. I think this goes not only for Herons, bit for many other species, as well.

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