The secret of good avian photography is getting close to the subject and then being able to hang there long enough to get a decent shot. I was fortunate with this photo that I was able to get within fifty feet of the heron. In a rush I fired off three shots, of which only the last was any good. Still, a pretty good photo, if I do say so myself. Kudos to the highly cooperative talent, a couple on bikes came rumbling through just scant seconds later.