Oh, this guy is quite skittish and I was shooting him from quite a distance, actually! 600mm comes in handy in situations like this! Even at that, I cropped a bit, too. I was standing on my deck and the deck railing he was standing on was part of the building next to mine, the community clubhouse.Herons around here are much shyer than your area. If they catch sight of you moving in their general direction, they will take off. It does not help that my longest lens is only 110mm, but I think it might still be difficult to sneak up on them.
Taking something to the bin, which is right by the nest, this afternoon, I looked, and thought, "surely not!" Took a step to change the angle, and yes, there was the tiny sunbird beak just poking out.I know that photographing nests is generally frowned on. This one, if not abandoned already, actually should be