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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-20 6:17
Viewed: 3696
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here's a Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias, 105-130 cm) that I shot yesterday in a marsh of Berthier.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

The largest and most widespread heron in North America, the Great Blue Heron can be found along the ocean shore or the edge of a small inland pond. An all white form is found from southern Florida into the Caribbean, and used to be considered a separate species, the "Great White Heron."
Large, gray bird.
Long legs
Long, "S"-shaped neck.
Long, thick bill.
White crown stripe.
Black plume extending from behind eye to off the back of the neck.
Shaggy feathers on neck and back.
Bluish gray back, wings, and belly.
Reddish or gray neck.
White morph all white with pale legs, yellow bill.
Size: 97-137 cm (38-54 in)
Wingspan: 167-201 cm (66-79 in)
Weight: 2100-2500 g (74.13-88.25 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes look alike.
Call a deep, hoarse croak.
Conservation Status
The Great Blue Heron suffered less from plume hunters and pesticides than other herons, and its numbers have remained strong.
Other Names
Grand Héron (French)
Garza morena, Garza blanca granda, Gallinaza (Spanish)
Cool Facts
The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the "great white heron," is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. Where the dark and white forms overlap in Florida, intermediate birds known as "Wurdemann's herons" can be found. They have the bodies of a Great Blue Heron, but the white head and neck of the great white heron.
Although the Great Blue Heron eats primarily fish, it is adaptable and willing to eat other animals as well. Several studies have found that voles (mice) were a very important part of the diet, making up nearly half of what was fed to nestlings in Idaho. Occasionally a heron will choke to death trying to eat a fish that is too large to swallow.
Great Blue Herons congregate at fish hatcheries, creating potential problems for the fish farmers. A study found that herons ate mostly diseased fish that would have died shortly anyway. Sick fish spent more time near the surface of the water where they were more vulnerable to the herons.

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Your spending much more time in this location than I had imagined..this happens to me when I find a gold mine of natural pictures just waiting to be taken. Another fine image of the Heron sir Mario...or perhaps not sir..too proper...give me a proper title for you en francais!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2008-09-20 8:24]

The setting and the bird go well together. Great capture!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-20 8:33]

Hello Mario,
very nice capture with a superb composition; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !Regards siggi

Hello Mario,
This one is ready to strike...
He looks very mean. It's definitely his habitat.
The S shaped neck is very visible.
And you got the light as well.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-20 9:11]

Hi Mario. A good close up of the Blue Heron .They look a elegent looking bird with its blue grey feather. You were able to capture fine detail with a nivee POV. It looks like it had its eyes on somthing. wel ldone TFS.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-20 10:46]

Hi Mario,
As always a perfect shot, clean in every manner with wonderful details and clarity.
The sunlight is most effective and reflects well on the subject.
TFS & Cheers

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-20 10:55]

Hi Mario,

I hope that mean look in his eye isn't aimed at you! Another marvelous shot with beautiful colors and amazingly sharp details. The face and plummage are wonderful. I love those long straggly hairs on the heron's chest. The natural habitat makes a superb setting. A fine composition - but yours always are.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-20 11:43]

Hi Mario,

Your heron has been cought with such a good sharpness that it can be clearly seen on the complicated background. Light has been so well used that the bird comes out from background and shows even finest details of plumage.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-20 13:36]

Bonsoir Mario,

Superbe photo de ce héron. J'aime beaucoup la composition montrant l'oiseau dans son environnement. Excellente netteté. Très bonnes couleurs naturelles.
Bon week-end,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-20 15:22]

Hola amigo,
interesante pov,
entre las hierbas altas,
fino retrato e iluminación...
saludos Mario.

Dear Mario ,
So nice with great focus.
Composition is nice too.


Merhaba Mario,sanki birşeylerden saklanmış,bir muziplik düşünüyor gibi bir poz vermiş,Netlik güzel,ellerine sağlık :)

salut Mario

belle « shot » du grand héron bleu, excellent POV, DOF et cadrage vertical,
superbe netteté et détails, j'aime voir la végétation du background, TFS


Bonsoir Mario,

Ce héron bleu semble observer son environnement. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. le sujet est bien cadré. La lumière rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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