What different piece of photography equipment did I use for this ? Well, a new lens I bought a month or so ago. Didn't have the chance to experiment with it yet, but I'm taking it with me on a holiday very soon, so I tried some shots along river Scheldt at the homefront.
The new toy is a Tamron 150-600 telelens. It's a bit of a monster on my Nikon D3200 and ideally it should be used with a tripod, but it's too hot to carry a lot of equipment (we hit 41 degrees Celsius yesterday, which is 106 degrees Fahrenheit), so I didn't use a tripod.
Conclusion: it does "see" more than I do. I didn't actually see the heron until I opened the photo on my pc. It was in the shadows (I put some more light in the photo) and I was shooting the ducks :-)