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The Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-22 13:38
Viewed: 2993
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, common all over North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos, except in deserts and high mountains where there is no water for it to wade in. It is very similar to the European Grey Heron. This is the largest North American heron.
This species usually breeds in colonies, in trees close to lakes or other wetlands; often with other species of herons. These groups are called heronry (more accurately than "rookery"). Great Blues build a bulky stick nest, and the female lays three to five pale blue eggs. Both parents feed the young at the nest by regurgitating food.
It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge and spears fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. Its varied diet can also include insects, snakes, turtles, rodents and small birds.
The Great Blue Heron stands 132 cm (four feet) tall, has a 213 cm (seven-foot) wingspan and weighs 2.5 kg. It has a long yellow bill. Adults have blue-grey wings and back and a white head with a black cap and a long black plume. In flight, the head is held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the long neck. The long legs trail behind. This bird flies with strong deliberate wing beats.
Birds east of the Rockies in the northern part of their range are migratory and winter in Central America or northern South America. From the southern United States southwards and on the Pacific coast, they are year-round residents.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-22 15:25]

hi Mercea,
très joli héron, les couleurs sont saturées et vivent.
La composition est bien travaillée, ce qui permet une bonne lecture.


Hi Mircea,
This is one of your best pictures so far.
I really like it a lot.
The great details on the bird, their pose, the outstandind composition...marvelous.
It's a remarkable picture!.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My compliments and best regards,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-02-22 16:11]

Exelente composição desta imagem,muito boa a nitidez, realmente esta òtima,parabéns.

Great heron shot. The water is fantastic. Nice colours

great shot, nice pose the heron is in , even water droplets falling off his feet! Lovely background as well TFs

Hi Mircea, this has got everything going for it that you would look for in a heron shot. You've composed it well with him taking a step, stalking his prey through the water. The colour is great, your choice of depth of field is great. The detail is amazing.

Thanks, John

Lovely image Mircea,

You are quite a prolific poster: 64 photos in 66 days! It is the quality of your images and not just the number that is impressive. You have a fantastic range of shots and I have to applaud you for that.

This photo is wonderful showing patience in your timing and skill using just the right settings to nail this.

The detail is fantastic as is the light which gives amazing reflections in the water. Exposure spot on. Composition is of course excellent.

It's a happy day when you come away with a photo such as this one.

Very well done my friend

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-23 10:25]

Bonjour Mircea
Excellente prise ce heron, très belles couleurs, beauté + attitude du sujet et netteté.
Amicalement Robi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-23 11:29]

Hi Mircea,

This is an absolutely beautiful picture. I'm glad you put a frame on it! The Heron stands out wonderfully against the BG. The pose is fantastic as are the colors and all the details. Just beautiful.


asta parca ar fi un mixaj de cinerea cu purpurea...


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