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Giving thanks to God:)

Giving thanks to God:)
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds from the Middle East and Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 2:22
Viewed: 5308
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 82
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Ardea cinerea (Grey Heron ) [in Turk.Gri Balıkçıl]

Hi friends, I was in Manyas Bird Paradise (Balıkesir province) last Friday and while i was going forward, suddenly I noticed this “sunbathing” beauty in a lovely pose :) May be she/he was giving thanks to God after intensive rains :) I’ve not seen such behaviour before and thus it comes funny for me :) Hope you can like this too :)

TFL and have a nice Sunday!


©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


The grey heron has a long neck, a strong, dagger-like bill and long yellow legs. In flight, the neck is folded back, and the wings are bowed. In adults, the forehead, sides of the head and the centre of the crown are white, whereas in juveniles these are greyish. The sexes are similar in appearance.

It is known throughout most of temperate Europe, and extends through Russia as far east as Japan. It reaches south through China to India, and is also found in parts of Africa, and in Madagascar.

The grey heron feeds mainly on fish, which it hunts by patiently standing completely still at the side of the water, and striking rapidly when a fish comes into range. The prey is caught in the bill or speared; amphibians, small mammals, birds and invertebrates may also be taken. Feeding areas are often vigorously defended against intruders. It breeds either solitarily or in colonies, called heronries, in woodland close to water. The heronries are usually traditional sites used by successive generations. The flat nest of sticks is built in the crown of the tree early in the year, and 4 or 5 eggs are laid towards the end of March, though often earlier in mild winters. Both parents share the duties of incubation, which takes 25-26 days. The young, which are covered in down in their first days of life and are fed on regurgitated fish, fledge after 20-30 days.

1. Perrins, C. & Attenborough, D. (1987). Collins New Generation Guide to the BIRDS of Britain and Europe. William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, 320 pp.
2. ARKive .

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-30 2:27]

Hi Bayram
What a great shot! Interesting position of this great heron.You have right, like a prayer!
Congratulation again MF!

Ciao Bayram, fantastic pose for this splendid ardea cinerea in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful shot with fine details, beautiful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, congratulations for this amzing capture, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-30 2:54]

Hello Bayram,
Beautiful photo of a Grey Heron in this sunbathing pose. Beautiful natural colours, good sharpness, details, low POV and composition.

Haha:) hocam muhteşem bir poz ve davranış şekli yakalamışsınız.
Çok eğlenceli gerçekten. Ellerini açmış dua ediyormuş gibi:)
Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla.

Hello Bayram,

WOW!!!!!!!! Quelle merveille un bonheur pour vous et merci de présenté ceci, c'est très comique.
Une superbe pose et même pas un regard pour vous!!.
Les couleurs argentées sont extraordinaires.
Beau cadrage, c'est excellent. Merci, agréable journée à vous.
Amicalement Yolande

Dayi cok ilginc:-) ve harika bir foto. Sanki yagmur duasina cikmis gibi:-) Eteklerine su dusmesini bekliyor. He..he..
Selamlar. Kib!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-30 3:46]

Hello MF Bayram
amazing moment captured in your snap. Great clarity and fantastic pov.Lovely shot, what a clarity, great sharpness, good catch at the right moment.Wonderful action captured.Amazing shot friend.Thanks for sharing!Best regards Siggi

Hello Bayram
Congratulations on the speed, a beautiful picture for posture Grey Heron.
Posture and never having to say that I have seen so many herons, very interesting, bravo!
Backward sharpness and contrast, great POV
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-30 4:37]

Hello Bayram,
This is almost a scoop..a praying Heron! It's such a lovely shot. May be that birds have to pray for all the birds which are dying in the gulf of Mexico. I like your adequate vertical framing. Sharpness and composition are fine too.
Thanks and kind regards

Hocam:) tam kapak! Muhteşem zamanlama ve harika bir sunum.
Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılar.

hello Bayram
great picture with nice details and good sharpness
i like this pose i found this pose also in Costa rica with a heron
greeting lou

sevgili bayram. Bu poz makinada gördüğümden çok daha güzelmiş. Biliyorsun köyde bilgisayarım yok. Uzun u yazamayacağım. Cep tel ile hiç kolay değil kritik yazmak. Ama gördüm boş da gecemedim. Selam ve sevgiler. Fevzi

hello Bayram

it is also the first time i am seeing such behaviour, Bayram friend
this photo it is another one from you that it could be the cover
page of National Geographic, what a great timing from you
to shoot this heron on that pose, WOW !



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-30 6:34]

Hello Bayram,
A lovely capture of this sun worshipping Heron! Indeed a strange pose, maybe it's been learning from the Cormorants! Well composed with great focus and sharp details. Lovely light and colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Bayram,
Exceptional capture with nice colours and good focus.
Natural background. Contrast and clarity are excellent.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-30 6:51]

Hello Bayram
Really a great shot with an interesting position of bird
Thanks for sharing

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-30 7:48]

Merhaba Bayram,
A fine example of avian behaviour in this unusual capture of a Grey Heron sunning itself, presumably to dry its wings. I have never seen this behaviour before!
The POV composition with the OOF natural BG, colours and sharpness are up to your high standard.
Thanks dostum and have a good week,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-30 7:57]

This is very interesting behavior of Grey Heron captured well. well done. tfs.

Merhaba sevgili arkadaşim,
Very interesting and funny capture of this grey heron sunbathing, with her/his neck strech out. Unusual pose indeed! Great sharpness and colours too. Have a nice evening and week,

Very strange pose of this elegant beauty ...
Congrat. to you my dear friend Bayram .

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-05-30 11:29]

Hello Bayram my dear friend.

A great capture, pose is very nice to look at and the composition you make looks very attractive.
Combined with your note makes it even more special.
Thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-30 11:39]

Hi Bayram. What a fantastic pose you have captured from this Grey Heron. I have never seen this done by a heron before. A lot of are small birds do it. Taken with good detail and natural colours. well taken TFS.

Kardesim dondun izmire sanirim... bu fotograf gercekten cok komik:) hic kuslarda boyle bir davranis dusunmemistim... sanki eteklerini acmis yagdir mevlam su der gibi:).. gercekten harika bir foto. Emeklerine saglik...
hepimizden selamlar.. Leyla.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-30 14:42]

Sizin kullandığınız ifade ile "Türün davranış biyolojisi açısından" :) gerçekten ilginç bir kare dostum.Daha önce bu şekilde bir kul görmemiştim,düşünemezdim bile.
Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-30 18:34]

Hello Bayram,
Your camera work is first class here Bayram giving us a simply beautiful image to view. Great work Bayram.

Hello Bayram
Le héron qui te fait les honneurs, avec un salut très posé : Bravo
Merci pour cette pose inattendue.

Ciao BBB. Magnificent capture of thi imponent bird in godo sharop and details. Amazing light and intrigant environment.


Bayram hocam:) muhteşem bir fotoğraf. Gerçekten tam kapaklık olmuş.
İlk kez gördüm. Emeğinize sağlık hocam. Saygılarımla,

Merhaba Bayram,
A most captivating photo! Congratulations on this unusual shot.

Obviously other members liked it too - 186 views - in 24 hours!

I like very much the way you cropped the image, giving the animal space to lure the viewer - the viewer room to come closer...

How close were you to the bird?

As all your photos, your photographic technique is perfect, and it is a pleasure to view this photo. Therefore, I have added it to my favorites.

Enjoyt the rest of your week,
Warm Regards

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-05-31 13:49]

:) Nefis, çok beğendim dostum emeklerine sağlık.
Sevgiler selamlar..

Merhaba Bayram
a very special shot of this héron with fantastic pose, i like also the green environment, the sharp details, the light on his plumage and the natural colors
Have a good night

Bu kare bana çok tanıdık geldi :))
Hocam her yönüyle harika bir kare,
Türün davranışları hakkında güzel bilgiler.
En güzel dileklerimle.

Hellow Bayram,
Brilliant timing to have captured this moment in time.The heron is pinsharp, well exposed and hence good clarity.Great take and TFS.

Kral çekim ve zamanlama Bayram hocam. Sanki kollarını açmış dua eder gibi:) Tam bir davranış biyolojisi dersi.

Çok ilginç bir poz:) dilim tutuldu. Kuşlar damı şaşırdı ne?
Süper zamanlama kanki. Eline sağlık.

Selam dear friend Bayram,
A lovely pose of this Grey heron captured by you. Very well composed with good sharp details. A grey heron passes by our rooftop every evening I have working out to capture one in inflight. Thanks a lot for sharing sharing this beauty. Have nice week ahead.

I like how you have framed this bird my friend Bayram. The focus is perfect and the shallow DoF making the image pops like a 3D.
Beautiful light and nicely captured with the neck stretch.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-22 5:57]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
very special capture of the standing heron.
Very exciting pose and excellent view with lovely blurry background enhancing the sharpness and colours of the heron.
Lovely view.


Hi Bareatom,
Very interesting pose and fantastic photo. Probably, once, we can see fresh ones from you also.
Friendly regards, László

Very interesting Bayram. I've never seen the wings like this before. Very kool. Nicely framed with a good DOF. A keeper. TFS Trevor

Hi Bayram
A perfectshot i must say.Never seen a heron in this position.
Congrats and TFS

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