Birds of Ohio – 2nd Prize

Photo Contest 2017 – Birds of Ohio – 2nd Prize


Prize: Birds of Ohio – 2nd Prize
Winner’s name: Sean Hollowell
Home town: Beaver Creek, OH
Type of camera/lens used: Camera: Canon EOS 7D; Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6L
Exposure: 1/800 sec; Aperture: 4.97 EV (f/5.6)
Focal Length: 400 mm
Story behind the picture: I stumbled upon this juvenile Green Heron at Oakes Quarry Park, in Fairborn, Ohio. It’s not the biggest heron, especially when compared to the more common Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets that we get all over North America, so finding this little wader isn’t always the easiest task. On this day in the late afternoon, I was photographing a flock of Canada Geese when I noticed this little fisherman hunting along the pond’s edge. The heron was completely oblivious of me while hunting which allowed me to get very close although trekking across the jagged rocks of Oakes Quarry Park is definitely not simple nor safe. I was watching and waiting for the perfect moment and the fishing contest winner turned right towards me and showed off the trophy in the warm, late-afternoon light. Easily one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken.