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Copyright: Ruud van den Berg (Robespierre) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 2 N: 329] (1424)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 80-200mm/f2.8 ED+Tamron2xconv, SanDisk Ultra II
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-19 17:19
Viewed: 3592
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Blue Heron was very concentrated and patiently waiting for a healthy meal.
Suddenly, in a part of a second he catched this fish.
Every time it is wonderful to see how fast these birds are reacting on prey passing by.

Great blue herons always live near sources of water, including rivers, lake edges, marshes, saltwater seacoasts, and swamps. They usually nest in trees or bushes that stand near water, breeding at elevations of up to 1,500 m

Phisical Description:
Great blue herons are the largest herons in Europe. They stand approximately 60 cm tall and are 97 to 137 cm long. They weigh 2.1 to 2.5 kg. They have long, rounded wings, long bills that taper to a point at the end, and short tails. They also have very long necks and legs. The bills are a yellowish color and the legs are green. Great blue herons have gray upper bodies, and their necks are streaked with white, black and rust-brown. They have grey feathers on the back of their necks with chestnut colored feathers on their thighs. The males have a puffy plume of feathers behind their heads and also tend to be slightly larger than females. (Ferguson, 1998)

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Hi Ruud

A great shot that is well composed, with good clarity, depth of colour and sharpness. Detail is spot on. A big tick for this shot! :-)

Hi Ruud,
Very good shot, I love the action, details and close up. Correct exposure.
Is a wild bird or lives in captivity?

Very good photo of action !!!!!!

Great shot of this heron eating a fish Ruud.
Excellent colors and very good details.
The composition is superb with good POV and BG.

Hi Ruud
He really has a mouthfull. Great action shot, crisp with good color.

Salut Ruud
Très belle prise de vue,les couleurs vives, l'éclairage, les détails et la composition sont parfaits
superbe ce Héron après manger son poisson
Merci et au revoir......JP

Hello Ruud,
I think both you and the heron made a great catch here..!
Awesome capture, well composed and with wonderful textures in the feather coat...
Great colours, and he gives you his best pose too!
Pablo -

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-20 1:07]

Good one!! Suoer action shot Ruud, and I love the drops of water. Nice and sharp too. well done,

Nicely captured Ruud,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hoi Ruud,
Wat een super foto! Zo mooi, zo scherp en zoveel actie. Prachtig moment met de vis gedeeltelijk in z'n keel en de water druppels in de lucht.
Perfecte DOF.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-20 12:53]

Hallo Ruud,
Wat een geweldige vangst, letterlijk en figuurlijk. Fantastische foto.

Hi Ruud,
another excelent decisive moment. Colors, focus, contrast and composition ok.
The plumes is so expressive!
Note good too.

great shot! Very good composition and frames. Sharpness is very ok.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-04-23 16:49]

Hee Ruud, zelf weinig tijd om te posten maar ik dacht ik kijk toch even of die Ruud nog een mooi plaatje heeft geschoten. Nou fantastisch wat een catch. Het blijft vaak lastig om echt dicht in de buurt te komen, of ze moeten naast een visser zitten. Nou de welverdiende smileys. Fijne week. Groet reina

Wow, Ruud,
what an impressive shot, just at the right moment, it's wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2006-04-26 15:29]

Hello Ruud!
Excellent capture!Wonderfull timing.
Congratulation!!! Thanks for posting

Hi Ruud,
Great action image that has been well timed. Love the way the eye seem to be bulging, rather a large mouthful!

bonjour ruud
doublement bravo,moi je n'arrive pas a surprendre les herons pour en faire une bonne photo comme cela mais là il y a en plus l'action avec le poison dans le bec.

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