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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-11 10:02
Viewed: 2495
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have photographed this bird before. He is sometimes found fishing at one of the small lakes at Richmond. I love watching him stalk across the lake and the concentration as he watches the water.

Heron facts from "British Garden Birds"
The Grey Heron is a tall bird with a long neck and legs, and a heavy dagger-like bill.

The upperparts are grey, but the head, neck and belly are white. The crest is black and black markings continue down the throat to the belly.

In flight, the outer half of the wings are black and the wing beat is very slow with the neck retracted into its shoulders and the legs are extended.

In or near water, they are often standing motionless with their head in their shoulders or feeding alone.

Juveniles are darker with much less white and lack the long crest plumes

Grey Herons eat mainly fish, amphibians and small mammals, and occasionally birds.

They are solitary feeders and very patient, and will standstill for long periods stalking their prey. They will quickly empty a garden pond of fish.

They nest in tall trees and usually with other herons to form a colony or heronry. The nest is a large platform, made from twigs and grass, and built by both male and female birds.

The duties of incubating the eggs are performed by both parents. The eggs are about 60 mm by 43 mm, and pale greenish-blue. Both adults feed the young birds.

pablominto, jaycee, gracious, pvb, mikou, Juyona, Proframe, ellis49, JPlumb, gypsygirl58, dew77, Debz, Alex99, jmp, JORAPAVI, Necipp has marked this note useful
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Hello Karan,
This is what I call a sharp fellow!
Lovely pose, and the details are simply wonderful, the feather coat seems very natural...
I like the composition with inclusion of straws, as they add a touch of nature!
Pablo -

bonjour karan
toutes mes felicitations,comment a tu fais pour etre aussi proche de lui.
c'est excellent et je m'empresse de la mettre dans mes favorites(il ne reste plus qu'une place je crois).
encore bravo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-11 10:30]

Hi Karan,
an excellent shot.
How did you get so close?
Sharp and detailed.
Very well done,

Hello Karen,
I enjoyed this close-up with such perfect sharpness, original colour and much details!
well done and well seen always

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-07-11 11:23]

Bonjour Karan, great profile of this beautiful heron. The composition is perfect and lighting too; Regards, didier.

Hi Hester
Very nice portrait is PERFECT,
Best regards.

Hi Hester, lovely portrait of a wonderful heron, splendid sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-11 12:33]

Hello Karan,
Very beautiful sharp and well composed photo. The light in the photo is natural and the DOF is great. Very good POV and colours (incl. BG)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-11 12:39]

Hi Karen. This is a very good well detailed shot . the eye is so clear. a nice colours. with a good POV. very well done TFs. grat notes too.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-11 12:41]

Hi Karan,
Perfect compo from the side. Perfect sharpness and great details.
Good light and nice colours.
TFS Paula

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-11 14:16]

Hi Karan.
This is excellent close portrait.Details are so sharp,I like details on feathers on head and on his very beautiful eye.Composition and POV are great and colors are wonderful.Fantastic shot.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-11 15:06]

Hola Karan,
precioso retrato,
bella iluminación y sensacional pov,
nitidez y excelente composición,

Although the background is a bit busy due to the reed, this is a beautiful heron portrait Karan.
Sharpness and exposure are spot on and details in the feathers are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-11 19:10]

Hello karan,
Wonderful portrait, beautiful close up
fantastic POV and composition, great colors
and sharpness.. Well done

Hi Karan,
a very good portrait with pretty good sharpness.
Fine DOF too, the bird standout well from the BG.
Maybe it's ome OE parts on the bill. but it's still a nice picture.
WEll done.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-11 20:51]

Hi Karen, very nice portrait of this heron. I like the textures and colour you've picked up on his face with the feathers, and scaling beak. Great eye.

Thanks, John

Hi Karan,
Lovely profile of this Heron! Wonderful sharpness and details in the plumage and the eye, Great composition and DOF and lighting! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-11 23:29]

Hello Karan,
Beautiful portrait of this blue heron.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,BG,glisten eyes and framing are exclelent.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-12 0:27]

Hi Karan,
Outstanding close-up shot of the Heron. Very neat and sharp details with fabulous lighting and focus. The colours and the plumage are lovely. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-12 3:38]

Hi Karen, amazing close up with fabulous detail and sharpness. It is good to see the detail in the beak and those bright eyes. Very nicely caught with excellent light and colours, great dof.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-12 4:31]

Hi Karan.
What a superb close-up picture you have taken. Bravo. Crisp sharpness and fantastic details of the heron image, amazing lighting and rich colours, outstanding composition and precise DOF impress my rather robust imagination. My congratulations for this superb job.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-12 7:02]

Hello Karan

I don't know how you get so close to these guys.Wonderful detail and POV.The eye detail is super.Wonderful exposure with well saturated colours.TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-12 7:36]

Hi Karan,

Wonderful portrait of this Heron. The colors are magnificent. Beautiful details of the head and face. The eye is nice and clear. Lovely composition with the reeds blending so well with the colors of the bird.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-12 9:37]

Hi Karan,
Pefect portreit, with a wonderful light and and excellent pose, details and composition.
TFS, José M.

Hola Karan,
Buen acercamiento con gran definición y mucho detalle, bonita la expresión de acecho que muestra la garza, Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Karen,
Awesome close up shot of this great bird. I too love watching them, their long legs as they search for dinner!
Love the details and the great natural color. Beautiufl TFS

Hello Karan wow! missed this so close and such detail very well done good composition and nice technicals tfs rgds Necip.

crisp clear
Very close.
I love the colors. The different tones of yellow and green fit so well with each other
A masterpiece.

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