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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-09 13:03
Viewed: 2868
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this picture today in vatmark Alhagen on a cold and grey day.

Great Blue Heron

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, common all over North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos, except in deserts and high mountains where there is no water for it to wade in. It is very similar to the European Grey Heron. This is the largest North American heron.

This species usually breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes or other wetlands, often with other species of herons. It builds a bulky stick nest. The female lays 3 to 5 pale blue eggs. Both parents feed the young at the nest by regurgitating food.

It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge and spears fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. Its varied diet can also include insects, snakes, turtles, rodents and small birds. It will also raid goldfish ponds in back yards.

The Great Blue stands four feet tall and has a seven-foot wingspan. They have a long yellow bill. Adults have blue-grey wings and back and a white head with a black cap and a long black plume. In flight, the long neck is held in an S-shape with the long legs trailing behind. This bird flies with strong deliberate wing beats.

Birds east of the Rockies in the northern part of their range are migratory and winter in Central America or northern South America. In the southern United States and on the Pacific coast, they are year-round residents.

The call of this bird is a harsh croak.

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I had no idea that these hang around the winter. Very good and well spotted. A little weak on the face but still a good shot. The ice around it...bhuuuhh legs must be freezing.

Well done.


At least there in Sweden there are good photographic opportunities even though it is cold and gray. Here in Oregon it is gray with rain, rain, rain. Have to spend my time playing with photos, mine and other people's. : ) Thanks for sharing this photo. I've seen herons in so many places but I never imagined them in snow and ice. I took the liberty of playing with your photo in a workshop. Though the resolution is not very high I tried to draw more attention to the head of your frigid heron. (oops, I've reached my limit. I'll post it tomorrow. I'm sure it will be gray and rain, rain, rain then too : P )

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