This Great Blue Heron has found something handy for nest building.
Coming in for a landing.
High flying trio.
This chase went right past two uninterested bystanders (by-floaters?) who didn't even move in response.
This heron posed so beautifully, I was enchanted.
As the sun neared the horizon, I set up a composition and watched for flyovers.
Here's the boardwalk that made it easy to pick a good location over the water.
The slow shutter in this next shot blurred the birds almost beyond recognition, but they fit so nicely with the windblown clouds that I'm pleased with the image.
Only a few ducks got between me and the sun. I used the reflected light to form these next two shots.
I did a series of exposures that are identical in composition, just watching the subtle changes in the sky and catching some birds at interesting points within it.
No birds in this one, just a moment of brilliant color.
As the broader bands of color faded, I used a moderate telephoto to isolate the part of the sky that was still painted. Final shot, final light, scramble for the car feeling warm and happy!
[telephoto bird shots: EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II + Extender 2X II
wide angle water and landscapes: TS-E 17mm f/4 L
final sunset shot: EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS]