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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-08 7:16
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Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias

I went for a bike ride one evening and came around the corner and saw a Heron sitting low in a tree. I really couldn't believe it. He was only about 3 meters away and just sat there. I watched him for at least ten minutes, of course I didn't have my camera so eventually I rode my bike home and drove back with my camera. By then he had flown away but managed to find him wading in the water hunting.

Great blue herons can be found throughout North American, Central America, the Caribbean and the Galapogos Islands.

Great blue herons always live near water and nest in trees or bushes.

Great blue herons breed from March to May in their northern range. Females lay between 2 and 7 pale blue eggs. Both parents help to incubate the eggs. Eggs hatch after 26 to 30 days. The young will fledge after 2 months. The young will become sexually mature at the age of 22 months.

The oldest known Great blue heron was said to be 23 years old but most do not live that long. The average life span is around 15 years.

Great blue Herons are active in the mornings and at dusk when hunting is at it's best.

Hand held

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To Adanac: Blue Heronlovenature 1 08-08 15:18
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hello janice,
lovely capture, liked the pov and the composition, the reflections make the shot special, it happens with all of us most of the time that we get excellent opportunity to shoot but camera is at home.
tfs & regards

hello Janice

excellent shot of the Great Blue Heron with fine POV, DOF
and framing, i love the sun light coming at the back
of the heron and i also love his reflection on the water,

the solution Janice, is to ALWAYS have with you
all time a compact camera with a good zoom,



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-08-08 10:23]

Hi Janice
Nice heron capture.I like that classic pose from the heron.Good POV and lovely reflextion in the water.
TFS Michel

Hi Janice
Nice capture of the Heron with the reflection. Its fun to watch them hunt. They stand like they are frozen and then in a split second they strike there prey. Nice shot and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-08-08 14:34]
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Hi Janice,
I had to break my silence today, this is a wonderful image my friend, with beautiful golden light. Your composition and focus is spot on. This is surely an image to be proud of, now I shall disappear once more.

Wow, Janice, love the clarity, symmetry, and lighting of this shot -- talk about trifecta! An awesome handheld shot and excellent to get this close. I once had a similar experience with sandhill cranes. Great point of view and overall composition, too. This one's a gem.


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-08-09 15:45]


Lovely capture ... I like the reflection, hard to do from shore.


Hi Janice,
Beautiful reflection. Good composition.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

My dearest friend Janice,
Yes, it feels wonderful to be back home again!Thanks!
What an amazing shot of this giant heron, the light is perfect, the ambience/environ auperb!
very well done!
And the note is so perfect, truly in your lovely style!

Hi Janice,
A nice image, I like low sun illumination and water reflections on heron. Good job

Fantastic. Tfs, Regards,

Hi MCF Janice,

Excellent spotting, the focus and composition are so precise.
impressive reflections too.
TFS and have a nice day!


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