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Just in time!

Just in time!
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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: 2007-07-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-18 5:05
Viewed: 5007
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everybody,

Here is a Great Blue Heron I shot last July at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge near Concord (Massachussets)...

I like so much those intimate moments where the bird is so confident at you that he continues to feed himself even if I'm just at 20 feet of him... In fact that Heron was fishing at the incredible rate of 1 fish/2 minutes and I finally quit the scene before him after 2 hours of shooting and 1000 shots!!! This one is one of the best I took of him...

Hoping you like it :-)

Cheers from the cold north...


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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Good moment, Michel.
Well composed and very sharp image.

Great photo,
beautiful bird
nice moment.

Bonjour Michel,
So I see this shot has a lot of time and history behind it!
Exposure is just right on whites and shadows, good compositon, neutral background, and of course, the timing to catch this feeding moment.
Felicitacions et merci du partage.
Mes amities,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-18 6:13]

Hi Michel,
Great timing :o) I liked the pose you captured a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-18 6:37]

Well composed and very sharp image.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-18 7:28]

Hello Michel,
Fine capture at a fine moment, showing in excellent sharpness and detail a Great Blue Heron dealing with a morsel of food.
Fine composition and lighting too.
Well done and thanks for sharing this,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-01-18 8:35]

Hi Michel,

Superb timing. You did everything just right. The small fish that will be swallowed is a great detail.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-18 10:25]
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Hi Michel.
Simply amazing picture. Framing and composition are superb. Sharpness and details are fantastic. Colours are rich, clear and fine for look. DOF are perfect. I like reflection of the lake as well as the main subject. Bravo and best regards.

Bonjour Michel,
Thank you for sharing this awesome composition of nature in perfect timing to view and enjoy!
I loved this shot a lot, many thanks!!
Excellent exposure and focus with the best pose!
the sharpness is just awesome with perfect details
my special compliment to this!
have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-18 12:21]

Hello Michel,
What a patience! But the result is here. Perfect timing and sharpness with a fantastic DOF. Very beautiful colours and composition.
Have a good weekend,

Stupenda immagine che ha colto l'attimo, eccellenti dettagli, ottima composizione. Complimenti.
Ciao Maurizio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-18 16:43]

Salut Michel
Bon POV et image bien en focus¸Beau detail et belle compo J'aime bien la presentation incluant la bouuffe de ton sujet.
Merci Michel

salut Michel

superbe image capté au bon moment, j'aimes la densité des couleurs,
les détails sont excellent, et le sujet (avec sa proie) superbment cadré



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-18 18:53]

Hi Michel,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-19 0:28]

Hello Michel,
Excellent capture.Timing is amazing.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-19 2:54]

Hi Michel
Great image
Very nice composed and color
very good sharp an detail image
well done.

Hi Michel,
Your hard work has paid off with a great moment captured. 1/1000th has frozen the action perfectly, sharp detail..
Goodbye little fishy, Hello National Geographic ;-}
Very well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-19 11:24]

Bonjor Michel, superbe portrait du ce Héron dégustant le fruit de sa pêche, les détails sont hyper nets et l'exposition sans fautes ! Bravo et merci !


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-19 13:25]

Hello Michel , Great action shot to the ride moment, good sharpnes, details pov and colours ,very good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-20 6:13]

merhaba michel
wonderful portrait photo of this beautiful great blue heron while its hunting ;)
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Michel,
A nice capture of this heron in feeding frenzy. A nice portrait. Good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Michel,
This is fantastic. The timing is perfect. That small fish is helpless between the Great Blue Heron's bill. POV and composition are great.

Hello Michel. Excellent mugshot with very well timed capture. The sharpness and exposure is flawless with very fine detail under pleasant lighting. Brilliant work and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

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