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The Fisherman

The Fisherman
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-06 4:11
Viewed: 2792
Points: 50
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I had a day off yesterday which I spent at Richmond. It was a glorious day with bright warm spring sunshine. I sat at the end of a lake watching this heron fishing. At one point he kindly positioned himself so that he had a full reflection

Heron facts from Birds of Britian
Grey Heron
Gaunt grey herons are among the most familiar of our local water birds. Fresh or salt, clear or muddy each is acceptable so long as it will yield something worthwhile.

The bird doesn't always wait for quarry but stalks through the shallows with long deliberate strides, neck muscles tensed for spearing.

Eventually a fish will pay the price of carelessness as the heron's kinked neck is straightened with startling speed and the sharp bill stabs its prey - sometimes several times. At Breydon, herons also known in Norfolk as the marshmen's harnser, will wade until the body is afloat.

The heron's breeding season is prolonged. In early February in a mild season, they may be seen soaring over the nesting wood and chasing one another, tilting from side to side and diving head-long. An exciting performance to watch for next to the mute swan the heron is our largest common bird. Endless display takes place on old nest platforms and consists of elaborate neck movements with crest and neck plumes erect and accompanied by bill-snapping and a variety of blood-curdling calls.

For short periods the normally yellow-coloured bill and legs change dramatically to deep orange, especially when a group assembles on the 'dancing grounds' running and skipping first in one direction and then another with open wings.

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Hi Karan,
a very fine picture with good details and a amazing reflection. The exposure is also good, maybe slightly OE
white on the head, but that's a minor nit.
Well composed and good POV.
Very well done.

Hello Karan,
Two for the price of one..!
Great reflection, and I appreciate the distortion by the ripples...
Wonderful details in the bird in this well composed image!
Pablo -

Hello Karan,
The heron is well in focus. The reflection,wavy water, and blue background color are attractive. Must be one of your lovely day.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-06 6:02]

Hi Karan, what a good shot of teh 2 heron!! The reflection is great! Nice and sharp, and well presented, TFS

Hi Karan,
So what a good weather news!
And you didn't waste the opportunity to get this great picture.
It's impressive the clear and sharpness of the image.
I like so much all the details got on the heron, you got a so plastic and artistic presentation of the bird and their reflection on the water.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regads,

Hello Karan
Excellent shot of this Heron with
wonderful reflection,Great lighting
and composition,Fantastic colors,


Salut Karan
Très belle composition et superbe prise de vue. Beaucoup de détail,le regard et le plumage, parfait. J'aime bien les couleurs et la netteté background en arrière, très belle effet de miroir à regarder.
Félicitation et bonne jounée...JP

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-06 9:23]

Hello Karan,
What a lovely capture of this Grey Heron and its reflection in the water. I like the light and the gentle blue colour of the water too. Very sharp details and beautiful colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-06 9:44]

Hi Karan.
I don't know what image is better: original or reflected. Nice picture and perfect composition. Amazing soft lighting, excellent sharpness of the bird(s) :) and impressive natural colours. Bravo and my best wishes.

hi karan,
nice shot, liked the composition, sharp image with good details, loved the reflections,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-06 10:43]

Hi Karan,

Absolutely beautiful capture of this heron. The colors, details, pose, water are all wonderful. The reflection is fantastic!


Hello Karan,
Herons are very nice birds and I don't see them that often here... This is a very nice capture of it and luckily he gave you this superb opportunity to take his whole reflection ;) Exposure, details and pose are very good!

Would you believe me if I say that we have a snow fall today? Where is spring???

Hi Karan,
It's been a while...
Good shot. Well composed; nice reflection.

hello karan!
really good!
sharp with fine exposure and
nice with the reflection!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-06 13:35]

Hi Karan,

Great shot, nicely composed with a superb reflection, I like the pose of the Heron Fishing, good colours and the lighting is really lovely, great details too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-06 18:14]

This is a fine portrait of the Heron, Karen. He is super sharp catching great light and colours. I love the reflection. Great work. Great Note.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-07 2:34]

A fantastic shot, Karan.
The POV is wonderful, especially with the perfect reflection.
Great details and light.
TFS. : )

Hi Karan, wonderful Heron with splendid reflections, great details, very well done, happy Easter to you, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan,
A really excellent shot on this Grey Heron. The exposure is spot on. A great reflection. Your composition and framing of the shot are perfect here. That is some really nixe camera work.

bonjour karan
desolé mais je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps en ce moment.
rien que l'approche en soi est deja une reussite,mais en plus avec le reflet c'est la cerise sur le gateau.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-08 8:52]

Hi Karan

I apparently missed this one a few daya ago, but now when i saw it i just had to congratulate you for it!
It's a superb capture with and outstanding composition enriched by that spectacular reflection!
The sharpness here is impeccable (as usual in your shots), the colors are charming and wonderfully saturated by the warm light, the pose is also terrific and the exposure is spot-on.
A truely magnificent shot!

Bravo, TFS and Happy Easter!

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-04-08 15:35]
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Hello Karan, nice shot. The details look nice and sharp and the reflection looks good too. Well done.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-04-10 12:34]

Hi Karan,
The reflection is the water is great. Great focus and sharpness. Good details to.
And I like the composition you have captured here.
TFS Paula

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-14 13:45]

Hello Karan,
what a wonderful closeup. Very well composed, the bird and its reflection look phantastic. POV, sharpness and colors are lovely. The lighting is great and shows off the details in the plumage so well.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-18 23:08]

Hello Karan

A beautiful crisp image.The details are sharp,and the focus clear.I really like the reflection.Great work.TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-27 16:51]

Hola Karan,
tenia olvidado esta magnífica foto,
precioso pov,
bellos colores y nitidez,
el reflejo es excelente...

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