Photographer: Brian Jennings, Bainbridge Island

Photo taken: June 21, Union Bay Natural Area, Seattle

Photographer’s description: “While I sat at the edge of a pond, this great blue heron flew over and landed within 10 feet of me. I had been trying to get some photos of dragonflies at the water’s edge and was quite startled when this big bird came into my viewfinder. Camera: Canon EOS 7D. Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm.”

Expert says: “What a wonderful blue heron photo. It looks like he (she?) is dancing in the water. Great job focusing on the bird’s head and getting a clean background. I might crop up right above that red foliage to clean up the foreground just a bit.”

– Katie G. Cotterill, Seattle Times photo staff

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