A Very Small Heron

Cambridge University teams train along the River Cam and this is one of the boathouses.

I thought for a minute or two that the heron was a model, a dummy, put by the water’s edge by some of the people from the boathouse. But then, herons sit/stand very still. And then it moved.

It was small. Not so much small of itself, but small in the frame because I was on the other side of the river.

I had a standard zoom that went out to 55mm (82.5mm full-frame equivalent), and still the heron was just a small figure in the frame.

Can you see it?

Really I took the shot to see what the heron would look like in the image, bearing in mind it occupies about one or two percent of the frame.

When I cropped it to show the heron in closeup, would it be small and blurry and indistinct?


  1. Joan E. Miller says:

    It looks like a great blue heron, which is a large bird!

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    1. Yes, a large bird, but small in the frame 🙂


    2. Yes, exactly what I was thinking: )


  2. Margy says:

    Your heron looks a bit different that the Great Blue Herons that we see in North America. Apparently in the UK your birds are called Grey Herons.


    1. Yes, and I think that the Grey heron that I photographed was a small one – maybe a juvenile. From what I read, the Great Blue heron is about a third taller than the grey heron.


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