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Blue Mirror

Blue Mirror
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Copyright: Gabi Klemm (klemmg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM, Sigma UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-05 18:29
Viewed: 3356
Points: 32
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Blue Mirror
Little blue heron Egretta caerulea

One of the most numerous herons in the Southeast, may be observed in large mixed concentrations of herons and egrets.

Three in one in this case: original, reflection and shadow ;-)

- habitat: freshwater swamps, lagoons, coastal thickets and islands
- eats fish, crustaceans, amphibians, insects and reptiles
- stands in shallow water and waits for prey to go by, then grabs it with its pointed bill
- Adults tend to forage alone, stalking the marshes for prey
- immatures tend to feed in groups
- range: breeds from New England south to Florida, also on the Gulf Coast north to Illinois, occasionally in Southern California and New Mexico. Winters on the Gulf Coast and on the Atlantic Coast north to New Jersey. Also found in the tropics.
- young unlike any other heron have an all white body plumage. They have a blue bill with a black tip and dull green legs. They stay white through their first year but start molting into the darkadult color in winter

Unlike the egrets, it has no fancy plumes and was thus spared by plume hunters.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-01-05 18:43]

Hi Gabi
very good photo
I liked the reflex of the bird in the water.
The sharpness is so good too.
Great moment.

Hi Gabi
Great capture of the heron - sharp and well exposed. Composition is perfect for my tastes.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-05 20:43]

The reflection is fantastic. Gabi.
Great shot of this little blue heron (which I have never seen in the flesh). Very sharp details... and I like teh intensity in his searching pose. Well done and TFS. : )

Nice exposure on this beautiful and well composed heron. This is exactly how I look when I'm hunting for a donut or some kind of snack in my pantry. :)

Beautiful, sharp photo. Have you tried cropping it some on all sides? I tried it and it really showcases the heron and the reflection.

This is very nice. Crisp and clear focus, rich blues, and a well caught reflection. I might have been tempted to clone out the patch of seaweed to clean up the image - but perhaps that would have made it too sanitary!

Hi Gabi,
Very nice shot on this beautiful heron with fantastic reflection.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-06 6:09]

Hello Gabi, splendid shot and amazing reflection. Very nice attitude of bird searching small fishes!! Congratulations, Didier.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-06 8:27]

Hi Gabi,
The symmetry of the bird with its reflection is beautiful!
Very nice once again!

bonjour gabi
reflet extra, belles couleurs,bonne photo.laurent

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-06 10:26]

Encore une belle présentation Gaby,la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et le reflet magnifique.
Félicitations pour la netteté et les belle couleurs justes.


Hi Gabi

Well done on this shot. Nicely composed. Good sharpness and clarity. Excellent clear reflection. No nits here. TFS.

A very balanced composition with an excellent reflection captured Gabi. Very good exposure, detail, sharpness, DOF and color..Great capture of this little blue & very well done.
Thank you!

Hi Gabi,
Great capture. Well exposed and great to see all of the birds reflection. Thanks for pointing out the shadow...I think you would miss it without better obrservation.

This Heron "pops" Its' perfect, very well done.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-01-16 9:15]

The title could be two birds! The reflection is perfect! Nice colours, sharpness and DOF! Tfs, Gabi!

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