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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-05-01 9:24
Viewed: 4204
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi, I took this picture of a Great Blue Heron after waiting for a while, camera in hand... I was giving up hope of seeing that Heron flying when suddenly he decided to so so at my great joy :-)

I hope you'll appriciate this picture...

Great Blue Heron
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."

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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Hi Michel,
Wow what a lovely decisive moment catching this beautiful and elegant bird just as it is taking off.You have also composed the image very well by having its perch included without it being too much or too tight.Nice and clear with good detail.Well done!
Regards, David

Hi Michel,
You have done extremly well to capture this beautiful picture. The exposure ,composition and colors are too good
Goutham R

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-01 10:08]

Great capture Michel, it was really worth waiting :-) Good sharpness and details. Very nice composition and great colors, I love the blue sky. Well done !

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-01 10:42]

Great timing, Michel. Your patience paid off.
Wonderful take-off pose for this great blue heron.
Very sharp details and good light.
Merci pour le partage. : )

Hi Michel

Félicitation pour la capture de cet héron, cet oiseau est assez difficile à photographier, il est tres craintf et possède surtout une excellente vue, l'oiseau est mis en valeur sur sur ce ciel bleu

Amicalement Christophe

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-05-01 11:15]

superb take-off-shot, michel! :-)
wonderful composition and details,
excellent and exact timing.
well seen & done, thor.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-01 11:31]

Hi Michel,
Perfect timing! A nice shot, nicely composed and good detail. Nice work!

Nice moment captured!!
Not easy to get.
Good colors, details and compo overall.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-05-01 13:20]

wauuu superb shot
grat composition
fantastic details and sharpnes
TFS Libor

Hi Michel,
Interesting composition, great pose/POV. You caught it just at the moment it left the branch, great timing. Difficult exposure handled well, with great details also.
I like it! Well done and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-01 16:42]

Wow Michel, you certainly timed this one right! EXCELLENT shot! Perfect pose, and perfect sharpness too. You must be thrilled with this one. Grand job, thank you

Ça vaut souvent la peine d'attendre le bon moment avant de cliquer.
Merci Michel.

Hi Michel

Wonderful shot. Good timing. Crisp, clear and sharp. Good light, POV and composition. Well done! :-)

Superb and timely shot of a glorious moment, Michel.
The grace, poise and beauty of posture have come out extremely well in this unique shot.
Well done and TFS.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-05-02 16:07]

Hi Michel,
Great action shot! Excellent timing, very good details and well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-03 17:13]

Très jolie composition Michel, la photo a été prise juste au bon moment. C'est un oiseau très élégant et tu as su bien le montrer. Bravo et merci.


Hi Michel,
Superb shot! You've captured the action and energy of the take-off really well. You have composed the photo with the branches on the left naturally framing the photo and also leaving space on the right of the bird. Good tones and lighting. Well done!

Top class catch - sharp, perfect moment. Well done

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-10 0:52]

Excelent timing to this well captured image, Michel! I like the POV and the sharp details on this beautiful bird! TFS!

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-05-17 10:19]


Awesome action pic of the heron taking off. I posted a pic of a Marabou stork taking off recently and can appreciate the difficulty in getting it right! Have a look at mine and let me know what you think.

I like your Composition, POV, clear blue BG (makes a big difference!) and the interesting subject and action shown. TFS,

Good composition for this action shot. Well done.

I love that you caught this bird, just as his feet are not quite leaving the perch of the tree. They always fly away to quickly for me to even think of catching a photo. The focus, and light are perfect, well done.

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  • Hoos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
  • [2006-06-27 1:40]

woow! michel! your photos are great! all of them! Congratulations! and thanks for sharing!
stay in contactJJHOOS

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