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Actually ... I am FREEZING!

Actually ... I am FREEZING!
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S602Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: HEAVY snowfall in Enkhuizen!
Theme(s): Herons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-04 13:53
Viewed: 4642
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the same Heron as I posted HERE, taken just a few seconds later on the same snowy, snowy day. I think it's kind of funny as the heron is pulling up one leg, which is covered in snow, as if he's saying: "Man, are you kidding me?! I am FREEZING!" :) Enjoy; this picture was posted purely because it's funny when related to the first picture. I know the first Heron-post was better, so come on and hit me with that very fierce criticism! :)

This picture is for Andy (Flagman) because his bats ran out of power when he had a great opportunity to capture a Heron. :) I feel really sorry for you Andy. You live & learn my friend. ;)

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea):

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.

Their flight call is a loud, harsh "frarnk".

Grey Herons eat mainly fish, amphibians and small mammals.

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, 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.
In flight the Grey Heron has a very slow wing beat, the neck is retracted into its shoulders and the legs are extended.

In or near water, they often stand motionless with their head in their shoulders, or feed alone.

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

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"so come on and hit me with that very fierce criticism! :) "

I can't! I still think he has amazing character, although yes, he is looking a tad colder!

This is an excellent photo.
The sharpness is wonderful and the light is suprb.
Excellent DOF and POV.

Thank you for posting, outstanding work!
Well done!!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-04 14:23]

Nice follow-on shot Pieter. Well done.
And the snow is still falling too. Does it ever stop? WILL it ever stop?

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-04 14:36]

Another good photo Pieter, for all the same reasons.
A funny pose, I imagine him lifting alternate feet to get some warmth into them.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-04 14:37]

Great shot Pieter, nice detail and it's made me feel very cold indeed. Good work, well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-04 15:03]

Poor heron! I know what it feels ;-) We both hate winter. Great pose, very good details and snow as a bonus. Good work Pieter!

Category: Birds...and humorous! Great catch Pieter. He shows by puffing his feathers that he's in a really bad and cold day. Did I heard him saying loud "I'm fed up with this lousy weather". Your photo is very expressive and very well spotted.

Sorry, critique tomorrow :-)

My comment is the WS, Pieter.

Het is een schiiterende capture Pieter,
De sfeer is inderdaad van, tjonge wat is het hier koud. De compositie is uitsteken en de pof is uitstekend, met dit barre weer.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-05 8:33]

S'il reste trop longtemps il va se congeler. Encore une très belle image.

Very nice shot again, great and funny pose.
Well done.

I checked them both., and like this one more - he is doing something, there is action, & the snow between the toes looks like the ashes of an old cigar. Nice heron!

Pieter, I like this follow-up better as there is some added interest/action. Great title..Well done!

Great pic, Pieter, and thanks for the sympathy!

I love it.. You are a brave man going out in the snow with your camera. I went out too, but left the camera at home. :) The snow was amazing, my first time really throwing snowballs !!!

Great shot. Well done

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-15 10:46]

Pieter, this is another great one.

Excellent sharpness, composition and dof.

A funny shot - and that's really great.

I never know heron could stay in a cold area.
I would've thought they would migrate to warmer area when winter comes.

hello:) I like this photo becoz here is so hot:) and some snow makes me better:) but this photo is sad for me:( I know that birds can live in snow but I cant watch how he is cold;) really



Very nice capture Pieter with clean composition and good details. Great to see the Heron under these freezing conditions. Nice work.

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