Looking Both Ways at Brazos Bend State Park

Nothing earth shattering this Monday. Just a nice image of a beautiful Great Blue Heron taken at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas. Brazos Bend State Park is about 30 miles southwest of Houston running along the Brazos River on the southeast border of Fort Bend County.

The park is home to numerous species of birds, mammals and of course, reptiles like the american alligator and its 5000 acres are full of trails to hike and explore. For a weekend wildlife photographer like me, it’s a target rich environment to capture.

Looking Both Ways

Looking Both Ways – Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 7D set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 560mm, f/5.6 for 1/1000th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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13 thoughts on “Looking Both Ways at Brazos Bend State Park

  1. I just love this, Jeff. Lately I’ve seen a number of blue herons but I’ve not seen or imagined them in this light. Beautiful!

    • Hey Sabrina!

      We do get some wonderfully warm light during winter evenings. The sun is so far to the south that our winter “golden hours” lasts for several hours each afternoon and into the evening. The birds tend to settle down before dusk, making it much easier to capture them in open spots along the lakeshore.


  2. The light makes this shot… the (appears to be sumac) trunks/branches highlighted and growing up from the bottom bothered me at first. But since there are two and they each are highlighted then end up sort of leading your eye up and framing the bird which has a wonderful light on it too. So you were saved 😉

    Sounds like a wonderful place to hike/walk. Wish i had more places like that around here. What is your “Go-to” lens during these walks?


    • Anna,

      My “go to” lens for wildlife is Canon’s EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM + the EF 1.4x II Extender. When photographing birds there is no such thing as “too much” reach. On the EOS 7D this combination (560mm) provides a field of view roughly equivalent to a 900mm lens and I still need to get closer. Carry around this much weight makes it a “hike” rather than a “walk”. 🙂


      • so you don’t bother with one that will zoom? Guess that makes sense if your focus is birds, and I can attest to the “need to get closer”. Maybe I’ll look into extenders. We have a ton of hawks etc around here and I would love to get some shots of them. I really need to get my feeders set up so I can practice on those this winter. Thanks for the input. I understand the hike aspect. Between my gear and the dogs it is usually the same for me.

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