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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: Gregory Lazzaro (glazzaro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 473 W: 108 N: 1293] (4605)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor 70-200mm f:2.8 D VR
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-03 1:25
Viewed: 3379
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Evening

Well I have been away for awhile, I just moved from Virginia to Delaware during the month of December. Just finish getting unpacked and the company has sent me to meetings all over the states. So, figured since I was sitting in a hotel in California with nothing to do I would get a post up.

This shot was taken in Savannah, Georgia two weeks ago while there on a business trip. I was at the Savannah Nature Preserve, I really exciting place. I was running around the marshes getting shots of herons, coots, and other wildlife all the while trying not to step on an alligator! Got a few full frame shots of alligators to show also!

This shot I am extremely pleased with, not so more for the composition, but because this is full frame shot. I cropped about 3% only to help be get the size down for posting purposes. This Heron absolutely had no fear of me and let me get within 70mm of him at one point. This shot I was within 130mm of him. It was so exciting to get that close and take shots at leisure and not have him take of! So, hope you like it, I sure had fun taking it..


Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias


39-52" (99-132 cm). W. 5'10" (1.8 m). A common large, mainly grayish heron with a pale or yellowish bill. Often mistaken for a Sandhill Crane, but flies with its neck folded, not extended like that of a crane. In southern Florida an all-white form, "Great White Heron," differs from Great Egret in being larger, with greenish-yellow rather than black legs.


Lakes, ponds, rivers, and marshes.


3-7 pale greenish-blue eggs placed on a shallow platform of sticks lined with finer material, usually in a tree but sometimes on the ground or concealed in a reedbed. Nests in colonies.


Breeds locally from coastal Alaska, south-central Canada, and Nova Scotia south to Mexico and West Indies. Winters as far north as southern Alaska, central United States, and southern New England. Also in Galapagos Islands.


A harsh squawk.

Location: Savannah, Georgia USA
Weather: Sunny
Tripod : No
Lens : Nikon 70-200mm VR
Focal Len : 130mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Programmed
Metering Mode : Multi-Pattern
Exposure : -1 EV
Shutter : 1/350
F Stop : F 9.5
ISO : 100

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How did you manage to get that close, very good post Gregory, good detail and very sharp. Well done.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-03 2:40]

A beautiful portrait of this great blue heron in a classic pose.
Very sharp details and well saturated colors.
Well done, Greg, and TFS. : )

Hi Greg,

Nice Composition to obtain the portrait. The POV is good with deatil of the subject too. TFS.

P.S. I have one on TN of a Goliath Heron. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Very nice shot on this beautiful heron with elegance pose,
sharp image with nice colours and good details.
Thanks for sharing!

Our herons here can spot you from at least a mile away, and won't come within 200 yards of you if they can help it. I'm jealous!

Nice work Greg. He stands tall and proud. He is a lovely speciman. Well done. Thanks.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-03 6:04]

Hello Gregory!
It's nice to see you back.Your post is excellent.
POV,sharpness,clear details,framing,DOF and
composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Hi Greg,
Itis good to see you back and posting! Outstanding shot on this Great Blue Heron. Great full body shot that fills the frame. Exposure looks great with the nice colors. Detail is very sharp with excellent DOF. I had a similar experience with one of these on Sannibel Island. He let me get very close. This one looks superb!

Excellent quality, framing and very sharp Greg. It sounds like you had a great time there..A place I would really like to visit myself..Looking forward to more from this preserve. Very well done. Thank You!

Hi Greg,
a very sharp and well detailed picture.
Good POV, well composed and nice colours.
Very well done.

Excellent picture.
Nice composition that give the impression of having to deal with a real tall bird !!!

Can't wait to see you aliigators pic though :-)

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