Great Blue Heron at Sunset
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|I took this shot while I was out for an evening walk around a lake in our area. I waited till it has lied it's self up with the setting sun in hopes of getting a different light.|
I hope you enjoy the Great Blue Heron.
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron , Ardea herodias, is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands, except for the far north and deserts and high mountains where there is no water for it to feed in. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores and England.
It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs). It is blue-gray overall, with black flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow.
Thanks for stopping by - Bob
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Excellent capture with beautiful light!
- [2009-02-14 6:58]
Great job Bob,
The lighting makes all the difference in this photo. I really like the soft amber hues reflecting off of the heron, as well as the OOF reeds which frame the bird very well!!
Good reflection and sharp detail! Nicely done!!!
- [2009-02-14 9:37]
Hi Bob. This is one beautiful picture of the Heron. The colours are very good indeed you have used the light so well to give it all a warm glow. The whole picture looks so calm only the movement from the Herons legs. All with interesting notes. well done TFS.
beautiful capture, great lght, TFS Ori