A Great Blue Heron lifting off from the Charleston City Lake Dam here in Arkansas. I photographed it with the tips of its toes still touching the ground.

I posted a photo a few days ago of this same Great Blue Heron Taking Off from the deep section of this same lake near the Dam.

Great Blue Heron Lifting Off

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Lifting Off

I photographed this Great Blue Heron while sitting in my pickup. I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Charleston City Lake (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 23, 2023 (09:50 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 640 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation:  -1 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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