Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Great Blue Turning Her Eggs by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

January 2022 - Great Blue Turning Her Eggs

About the Image(s)

How I did it-Last Wed, a PSA friend and I decided on a photo outing at Venice Rookery. Arriving at the entrance Rd. at 7:20 AM, we were shocked to find the road closed, due to construction. Having been making images there for 20 Yrs., I knew that there was a back entrance. We drove for about 10 minutes to locate it and when we reached the parking lot, it was empty. In addition the Porta Potty was lying on its side, n ow to find a big tree. There were just a few birds however there were a mating pair of GBH’s that made our day. This outing proves that often, “Less is More”. Turning her eggs was made with my Canon 7D (first generation) coupled with Canon 500 mm f4 lens, mounted on Gitzo G 1325 tripod, using a manual release. It has been a rarity for me to see a Mom turning her eggs and I thought it would make a good Nature story. My settings were ISO 3200 @ f10 and 1/200th of a second. Not much to do in P.P., crop, boosted the saturation a tad then added a slight vignette. By the way, the first photographers didn’t show up until after 9 AM. This proves, once again, that the Early Bird gets the worm and the best images.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Erik, it is very unfortunate the current status of the Venice Rookery due to the construction (I would call it destruction of habitat) which may be irreversible. This is a great shot at the right vantage point to be able to see the eggs on the nest, and you captured mama GBH (or perhaps papa, since both keep the eggs warm) turning them, which is peak of action during reproduction season. Very intricate and clean nest. The GBH is framed by the background which is covered by a "beautiful" Brazilian pepper which is an non-native invasive species which spread very rapidly into natural areas and disrupt and displace native plants along with the birds, insects, pollinators and other wildlife that are associated with those habitats, and very much spread in South Florida. I like the square crop.   Posted: 01/02/2022 11:02:45
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Thanks for your kind comments Isaac. Look forward to meeting you there this year.   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:33:36
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks for ecology lesson. An important lesson for us all.   Posted: 01/16/2022 14:06:13

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Erik, you have captured a wonderful moment in the life of this attractive bird. The bird is pin sharp and the exposure excellent. The square crop concentrates the eye on the main subject. It is sad about the habitat destruction, and the invasive plant species. We have our own invaders too - Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. I still marvel at your ability to carry a big Canon and a 500m f/4 prime lens, plus of course a tripod sturdy enough to hold it.   Posted: 01/03/2022 05:19:04
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
I was going to sell the 500 after purchasing the Olympus 4/3rds camera however it is so sharp that I still want to use it on shoots where it doesn't have to be carried a long way.   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:18:46
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I think for me, getting it from the front door to the car would be far enough!   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:31:41

R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Erik, for me this image both tells a story of the extreme care these fragile animals take to perpetuate the species, and it makes me jealous. In my trips to Venice Rookery I have never gotten anything this good. Well Done!

To my eye you have captured the right DoF and the focus is "spot on." The colors are realistic. Also, for me, the fact the branch to the right of the bird follows the heron's back and neckline makes it a "non-distraction."

I would greatly appreciate any tips you can provide on best time in the spring to visit the rookery, as well as best days of the week to avoid other photographers. From your commentary I infer that getting there at daybreak is best.

Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 01/03/2022 19:34:43
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
I don't do any shoots on weekends unless it is on private property. As for Venice, Monday or mid-week works for me. Our FAB 5, photo partners, want to arrive before Sunrise to capture the Egrets leaving the island, using slow shutter speeds, in order to create soft wings, showing action. Hope this helps.   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:29:53

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
As everyone has said it is a beautiful moment of a beautiful bird. The colors and sharpness are spot on. Very nicely framed. I envy you to have this close to you. Hope to see the babies soon.   Posted: 01/16/2022 14:11:58

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
I seem to remember from a while back you or one of the other members of the group had visited a reserve and there was construction going on this in my eyes is terrible.
Your images captivate and amaze us and your knowledge educates us this is a great example of a really top nature image you show an animal in its natural habitat and recording its behaviour,the image is beautifully cropped and composed the colours so true to life and being able to see the eggs is such a joy,thanks for sharing Erik.   Posted: 01/17/2022 15:10:51

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
It's almost impossible to come away from the Venice Rookery without some excellent images. Your patience paid off in waiting for the bird to tend to her nest. Everything is well done. Sharp, excellent exposure, lighting and color.   Posted: 01/18/2022 14:10:36