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Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trip to Belize and Costa Rica [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-26 3:07
Viewed: 6738
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), is a small heron that is found from the Gulf states of the USA through Central America, the Caribbean and into South America south to Peru and Uruguay. It is a resident breeder in most of its range, but there is some migration within the USA and central America. We found it in coastal Belize and on the western coast of Costa Rica. This one was taken at Crooked Tree lagoon.

The Little Blue Heron is about 60 cm long, with a 1m wingspan, and weighs 325 g. Breeding habitat is sub-tropical swamps. It nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-7 light blue eggs are laid.

Breeding adult birds have blue-grey plumage except for the head and neck, which are purplish and have long blue filamentous plumes. The legs and feet are dark blue. Sexes are similar.Young birds are all white except for dark wing tips and have yellowish legs. They gradually acquire blue plumage as they mature.

The Little Blue Heron stalks its prey methodically in shallow water, often running as it does so. It eats fish, crustaceans and insects.

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Hi Chris,

Excellent detailed picture with good colours and composition.

Thanks for sharing,


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-03-26 5:48]


Very sharp, color is great, focus and presentation. The crop is great, leaving a little more in front of the bird and less behind.



Hi Chris,

Beautiful shot of a heron I've never seen before.
Love the way it stretchess it's neck so it can look around.
Wonderful clarity and details.
Excellent exposure.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hi Chris
Great capture of this heron in his natural environment
Good detail in the plumage
Nice colors and composition
tfs jon

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-26 6:56]

Hello Chris,
Great shot of a Little Blue Heron with good sharpness and lighting to make to show well against the similarly coloured water BG. Nice POV, pose and composition too.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-26 8:41]

Hola Chris.
Los finos colores de esta Garza Negra lucen debido a la calidad de la fotografia. La perspectiva y angulo de la toma le da un valor mas a la fina presentacion.
Saludos Chris.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-26 8:59]

Hi Chris,
What a sharp image of this beautiful little blue heron.
We saw some of them nesting in Florida.
Very true natural colors and good composition of this bird stalking in its natural habitat.
TFS. : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-26 9:24]

Hello Chris,
Very beautiful photo of this Little Blue Heron. Excellent sharpness and clear colours. Beautiful environment.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-26 10:30]

Hi Chris
this is very nice image
well done.

Hello Chris,
Good compo, perfect focus and excellent BG
Well done

Hello Chris,

Great picture of this heron. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness.
Nice light and colours.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-28 13:26]

Hi Chris,

Very nicely done!
Great focus giving good details!
Love to see him in his natural environment!
Well done!


hello Chris

great shot this heron with his lovely pose ready to fish,
fine POV and framing, i love the good space you keept
in front of the subject, excellent DOF, i love the waves
of the background, and lovely blue tones of the image, TFS


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