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I ain't cold!

I ain't cold!
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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/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: HEAVY snowfall in Enkhuizen!
Theme(s): 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, Herons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-02 14:20
Viewed: 6924
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 62
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Today it snowed in Enkhuizen, NL. It snowed, it snowed and it snowed. It snowed all night and when I woke up and looked outside at 6.00 a.m. I already thought my gf and I would have a hard time driving 70 kms to Amsterdam. We got to our car and we couldn't move it. We took the day off. :) And that was great! It snowed all day long and around 50 cms of snow fell down and that's really unusual for NL. It didn't snow this much in 20 years. We took our camera and had a lot of fun outside, all day long. We captured f.i. this grey heron. My gf and I both love herons and we always wanted to capture one with the camera. Today we succeeded. This friendly guy let us come in pretty close. :)

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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Wow! Is it Scrooge from Dickens? Great portrait! I love your photo very much!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-02 14:28]

Well he certainly looks cold!
Great shot Pieter, excellent exposure control on the snow.
Good feather texture, note and composition.
Thanks for sharing.

WOW! I take my hat off to you!
Excellent composition and POV, fantastic light and sharpness.

I like it very much, thank you for posting!
Impressive work Pieter, well done!!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-02 15:00]

Excelent capture and well done on the composition and details. Beautiful.


Very good shot!
Great details and composition. Very good POV, but IMO it's crop a bit tight.
Anyway the shot is very good and I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-02 15:40]

Il fait froid. Mais l'image est trčs belle. Super avec l'effet de la neige qui tombe.
Félicitations et merci pour cette composition.
Amicalement toni.

Wow, what a face! This Heron has so much character, no wonder he posed for you.
Excellent composition.
Your lucky to get so much snow. It's a bit pathetic here, can't make up it's mind.
My sister in Law lives in NL so I'm sure we'll be hearing about this amazing snow fall first hand! TFS

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-03-02 17:50]

Hi Pieter.
Interesting object and pose. Excellent capture with good details.
Yes, I like it! Very well done

A very nice image especially concidering the poor lighting conditions well work you saring with us Thank you.

This is very similar to our White Faced Heron.Ors has a totally white head and has no crest at all. This looks a bit stockier too, but it may just be that its got its head tucked in.
This is a very good photo though....much better than any I have taken of herons so far.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-03 3:54]

Another frozen bird :-) I like its pose and gold, very smart eye. Very wintry picture.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-03 3:59]

Beautiful shot in a snowy weather!I can understand from the expression of grey heron's face that its' feeling the cold!
Well captured shot.TFS(Sorry points later)

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-03-03 4:09]

Nice shot. Very good composition and sharpness.

Great shot, Pieter. You're so lucky to live somewhere near where you can see wildlife like this.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-03 4:56]

He ain't cold? I think he's lying! Joanna (cafecrem) is correct, he does look like Scrooge. Nice portrait Pieter of this heron. Good composition and perfect details and colors. Well done.

Great shot Pieter.
This is cold, I feel for the poor bird.
Excellent exposure, very good composition, colours, details and note.
Great work.

Very good picture, colours and quality, very good catch and the falling snow adds a lot to this frame.

Very nice post, good details, pose and POV.
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-03 15:20]

Pieter, this is a very nice photo. Excellent sharpness, great pov, dof and compositon. Just perfect.

Pieter, Nice effect with the light snow falling. Very good sharpness & detail with great exposure. Well done!

Great control to expose the heron and snow correctly. Bbrrr, it looks cold. Good composition and POV and I love the falling snow flakes. Well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-03-03 23:37]

Gotta run. Will critique Sunday

This guy looks to be about as much fun as an old fossil. What an attitude shot. Great capture. TFS.

Hi Pieter
Pragtig! Maar ek gaan twee dinge noem wat hom beter kan maak.
Try and trun him around, as previously said
Also, leave anough space below the leggs for the feet, even if the feet can not be seen - as is, you have cut them off.
The plumage and the eye not here are exceptionally well exposed. well done.
Ja, ek is skaars, ek kan elke dag pos, maar nie ekledag kommentaar lewer nie, so nou sal ek maar meer op naweke probeer doen.
PS - ek het ook 'n reier gepos vandag.

Very nice capture here. It seems that this bird must be cold in such weather. Your photo is so sharp that the texture on his legs is so clear.

Great shot, Pieter. This one is very sharp. Exceptionally captured in the conditions. 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)
  • [2005-03-14 17:57]

Very good shot. Good attitude of the bird, very sharp and neat. Good work !

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-03-28 15:15]

Stuning capture. nice crips sharp detials. Love everything about it, well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-04 20:53]

Wow i'd like to see this beautifull heron, you did a wonderfull image Pieter, i like very much the composition, the colours and sharpness.

Thank for sharing this beauty !


Looks a great deal like the North American Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias). Even the description sounds the same, except the GB has buff markings on the neck and chest along with the black. It also has a black patch on the wing "elbow," although that could be covered on your bird.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-09 1:38]

Sorry, I have no time to comment today. But I give you the well deserved smily.

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  • zuljin (23)
  • [2006-09-01 8:50]

The sharpness is amassing. What was the distance from you and your “target” and did you use a stand?

Very nice

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