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Great Blue Heron with Stick

Great Blue Heron with Stick
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-13 12:38
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Great Blue Heron kept picking up sticks then dropping them. Initially I thought it was choosing sticks for a nest, but finally came to the conclusion that it was using the stick to stir up the muddy water and was finding something - tadpoles, perhaps, for example - to eat. This is only the second time I have seen a bird apparently using a tool.

(Corrected following note - previously misidentified as a Grey Heron)

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To maurydv: Thanks for the correctionAlan_Kolnik 1 03-16 19:57
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Hi Alan,

Very nice image of the grey Heron you have here, i like the action in this pic, good composition and exposure, the unsharp beak does not bother me because the Heron is busy and the rest is pin sharp,
Good capture and well done, TFS,


Hi Alan,
Very interesting Grey Heron. I have never heard of Herons using tools for finding food. Most use their feet to stir up food. Some Woodpeckers have learned to use small sticks to spear grubs from holes in trees, often carrying a favorite stick with them for long periods of time. Nice action shot. Well done.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-03-13 19:16]

Hello Alan,
Very interesting image of this beautiful Grey Heron captured in it's natural habitat. Excellent detail and attractive natural coloration. Not sure if your theory is correct, but it does sound feasible. Well done!!

Hallo Alan,
a beautiful capture of the Great Blue Heron(Ardea herodias), this heron is grey, but not the Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), very good sharpness and beautiful colours, i think this heron is building the nest
Best regards

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