By Jim Zuckerman
Florida has many areas where photographers can get very close to birds that nest and hunt in marshlands. I photographed this great blue heron in Wakodahatchee, which is not too far from Palm Beach. This area was developed by the Water Department, and there is a long boardwalk above the water that photographers can use to get close-up portraits of herons egrets, ibises, lampkins and many other species. It’s open to the public, there’s no charge, and it’s a great place to visit at sunrise and sunset to take advantage of low angled sunlight.
This picture was taken with a 500mm f/4, and I had to move back several feet because otherwise I would have been too close to the cooperative heron.