Sometimes the shots you like are planned out, sometimes they are happy accidents. This was taken while getting outdoors in the sunlight for some mental health time, bringing the camera along just in case. There turned out to be a larger number of herons than usual, fishing for their dinner. Rather than taking the time to switch settings for a faster shutter speed to catch them in flight, I tried to do the panning trick, matching my movement smoothly to their motion, to get a blurred background. This works great with birds who are gliding rather than flapping. I was really happy with this shot – with maybe the exception of the rock behind his head, but I think it might add something in any case.
Exposure: 1/200 seconds
Focal Length: 483mm