The closest I've ever got to any likeness of a Great Blue Heron has been at the Great Blue Heron Casino in Port Perry, Ontario. I didn't have a lens other than my kit lens with me when I was at Blackie Spit Park in Surrey and happened to come across this Blue Heron standing about. He did let me get close-ish enough to get a decent shot, and I'm finally starting to learn how to use a fast shutter speed for subjects in motion:
I have lots of bird photos lately. I think this is an American Wigeon. The reason this guy caught my eye is he'd sussed out a fresh crab for lunch. I was hungry. And jealous. Can't get fresher from the sea than this.
The Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary in Surrey was a great place with cooperative photogenic ducks to try out my new lens, the Canon 70-200mm f4. Not that the kit lens that came with my Rebel T1i isn't good, but now I can take photos of things more than an arm's length in front of me. It's very exciting.