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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-23 16:18
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
In a marsh of the islands of Berthier near the St-Lawrence river I saw that Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias 105-130cm) with its new catch in its beak.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

The largest and most widespread heron in North America, the Great Blue Heron can be found along the ocean shore or the edge of a small inland pond. An all white form is found from southern Florida into the Caribbean, and used to be considered a separate species, the "Great White Heron."


Large, gray bird.
Long legs
Long, "S"-shaped neck.
Long, thick bill.
White crown stripe.
Black plume extending from behind eye to off the back of the neck.
Shaggy feathers on neck and back.
Bluish gray back, wings, and belly.
Reddish or gray neck.
White morph all white with pale legs, yellow bill.

Size: 97-137 cm (38-54 in)
Wingspan: 167-201 cm (66-79 in)
Weight: 2100-2500 g (74.13-88.25 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes look alike.

Call a deep, hoarse croak.

Conservation Status
The Great Blue Heron suffered less from plume hunters and pesticides than other herons, and its numbers have remained strong.

Other Names
Grand Héron (French)
Garza morena, Garza blanca granda, Gallinaza (Spanish)

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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WOW! Can I admit I am severely jealous over this shot? I love the composition, the lighting, and the details. It stands out and draws my eye immediately to the subject. Excellent!

Hello Mario, j'aurais adoré faire cette photo, j'ai attendu un temps infini pour essayer de photographier le héron avec un poisson dans le bec, mais pas de chance quand il en a attrapé un il s'est retourné, j'aime bien ta photo, on a vraiment l'impression que tu es dans l'eau,
bien joué,

Hello Mario,
Seems like this guy is rather proud of the catch!
The side light has a fine effect, and there are captured excellent details in the plumage...
A fine composition with this guy in his fishing environment!
Pablo -

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-23 23:09]

Hi Mario,
I liked the colors, composition, focus, sharpness and the pose you captured. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-24 3:49]

Hello Mario,
This is pure nature! The natural colours are perfect in a splendid environment. Sharpness and details are outstanding. Great composition and low POV. The focus is top!

Bonjour Mario,

Une belle image de ce héron bleu qui mange un poisson. La photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hi Mario
Great photo taken in natural surrounding. Greta treknature spirit. Good sharpness, nice natural colors
Very good job
Best wishes

Hi Mario
Very nice capture of this Heron. I spend some time at the wildlife refuge close to my home where is Heron seen there a lot. I know how hard it can be to get a good shot of them,they scare easily. You did a great job here. I like the natural color. Good details,lighting and sharpness. Great Job!!

Bonjour Mario
Belle photo de héron, avec en plus un poisson dans le bec.
Belle composition et bonne netteté.

Magnifique, en pleine action, les détails et la scène sont très beaux .

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-24 16:56]

Salut Mario
Belle image de ce héron .Excellent compositon , les couleurs et le details sont tres bien.Belle prise d'action.
A bientot Michel

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-24 17:19]

Salut Mario,
Superbe shot! Netteté et détails excellents. J'aime particulièrement la superbe couleur de l'eau se mariant à merveille avec les feuilles vertes de nénuphar!!! Quant à l'action (poisson dans le bec) on ne pourrait trouver mieux!


bonjour Mario

j'aime beaucoup ta photo, par son cadrage, par les détails
de toute l'image, par cette couleur bleu de l'eau et par ce
grand héron bleu fière de sa prise, MERCI


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