19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Adult Great Blue Heron feeding young

Great Blue Heron feeding hungry youngster. All spring I had tried, unsuccessfully to photograph a Great Blue Heron. And then, while on a totally different quest, I stumbled onto a whole apartment complex of herons! Excited, I determined to quietly go to a location near the nests early the next morning, before dawn, so as not to frighten the birds. With the help of a telephoto lens I was able to capture this tree-top shot.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2021
Date Uploaded: 08.2021
Photo Location: Woodland Park, Colorado, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Jamie Johnston