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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-26 10:18
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Points: 6
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Here is another shot of the heron from yesterday's visit to Pohick National Park. I never realised how beautiful their plumage was until yesterday ... I have always seen them when they were wary of me and they always had all their feathers pulled in .. yesterday, they were billowing in the wind. I got some pics of him with his feathers flying all over the place .. kind of like someone having a bad hair day. Depending on the interest on this pic, I might post that one tomorrow.
I did not clean up the background jetty, because it was a lot of work, I am lazy and I think it contributes to the picture.

Here are some details on the heron:
Great blue herons nest together in colonies, otherwise known as a heronry, and are sensitive to the effects of human disturbances. In one study of nesting behavior on the Oregon coast, heronries (with 15 to 161 active nests per heronry) were found in the tops of red alder, western hemlock, and sitka spruce. The study showed that there were far more active nest sites in isolated areas than areas adjacent to logging (Werschkul 1976) indicating a preference for areas away from human activity. Great blue herons often nest in the tops of trees in addition to rock ledges, sea cliffs, and the ground (Palmer 1962).

The great blue heron hunts for fish by day as well as by night and employs two methods, "Standing" and "Walking Slowly." When "Standing" it will stand motionless in a shallow pool of water, waiting patiently until a fish comes close enough to pluck from the water. When "Walking Slowly" it carefully treads its way through the water, keeping its neck stretched outward and forward. If it catches a small fish it will immediately swallow it. If the fish is too large the heron will take it onto the shore, kill it first by beating it into the ground, then pick it apart by biting off bits and pieces (Bent 1926; Hancock and Kushlan 1984).

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nice captur. the head is a little hot on top, but otherwise, very nice exposure and comp. an nd filter would help you keep the exposure in check next time.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-26 17:21]

Hi Liezel,
Fantastic detail in this shot, and a nice composition. Excellent colours, exposure is good apart from the burnt whites on top of the head.

Salut Liezel
Très jolie prise de vue de ce beau héron bleu. Belle composition et très jolis détails,ravissantes couleurs et très joli BG
Merci pour le partage et au revoir....JP

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-27 5:54]

Hi Liezel,
Whow ... in one word marvellous.
I like the POV.

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