By Darren Stones
Merimbula is an absolute gem of a spot on the Sapphire Coast in New South Wales. The forests go all the way down to the bays, and on Merimbula's Top Lake, which is renowned for fishing, I stalked this White-faced Heron for over an hour. With the bird walking in and out of the mangroves, and almost playing hard to get in the viewfinder, I had my work cut out in photographing this feathered friend.
I used my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM lens with the camera attached to a monopod to capture this shot. I really needed that extra steadiness of using a monopod to help produce this sharp shot. A great challenge. Travel photography of Australian wildlife can be so inspiring.
At the 2011 Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Photography Competition and Exhibition, I was awarded Runner-Up in the Science and Nature Section for this image. A great buzz, and a beaut reward for the effort.
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White-faced Heron at Merimbula by Darren Stones
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