Harns Marsh, Lehigh Acres, Florida
I captured this image early one morning while photographing another species nearby. I was aware that this Blue Heron was there, but when I heard him call out I knew he was about to move. I quickly grabbed my Canon 1D Mark IV and 600mm lens (ground pod and all) and hand-held this image as the bird jumped up and moved directly toward me and flared out to land.
Crop, Straighten, selective de-noise, selective sharpening. Pleasxe note that the date and time stamp in the EXIF data is incorrect. This image was captured in the fall of 2012. My camera had been in for service, and the date/time were off.
Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 600mm f/4, manual mode, ISO 400, f/4, 1/5000, hand held