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Great Blue Heron and Fish

Great Blue Heron and Fish
Photo Information
Copyright: Jaime Tafoya (Jaimeson) (25)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-25
Categories: Birds, Fish
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z5
Exposure: 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Herons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-26 9:27
Viewed: 5471
Points: 14
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Great Blue Heron in Durham, NC. It had just caught it's morning breakfast at a lake at Sarah P. Duke Gardens while standing 3 feet away from where I sat.

The heron flew away with it's catch shortly after catching the small catfish. Truly an amazing thing to see so close up.

An adaptable bird whose large size enables it to feed on a variety of prey-from large fish and frogs to mice, small birds, and insects-the Great Blue has one of the widest ranges of any North American heron. This wide choice of food enables it to remain farther north during the winter than other species, wherever there is open water, although such lingering birds may fall victim to severe weather. Most Great Blues nest in colonies in tall trees; their presence is often unsuspected until the leaves fall and the groups of saucer-shaped nests are exposed to view. In late summer young herons disperse widely and may be encountered at small ponds, in mountain waters, or even in backyard pools-wherever fish are plentiful.

Description 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.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jpinkham: Thanks JimJaimeson 1 09-30 06:40
To chiliu: Thanks Chi!Jaimeson 1 09-30 06:38
To wishnugaruda: Thanks Sabine!Jaimeson 1 09-28 13:56
To rosana: Thanks Ros!Jaimeson 1 09-28 12:33
To klemmg: Thanks Gabi!Jaimeson 1 09-27 14:29
To doubleg57: Thanks Guy!Jaimeson 1 09-27 14:26
To mogens-j: Thanks Mojens!Jaimeson 1 09-26 17:35
To twin: Beautiful!Jaimeson 1 09-26 17:34
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Impressive, Jamie. You certainly caught this mealtime at just the right moment. Perhaps a trifle out of focus, but no doubt this was tricky with the heron in action. Good information, too. TFS

Excellent capture!
Good colour and details, great POV and composed.

That's a spectacular shot, Jaime,
just at the right moment.
Very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great capture Jamie. Even as a close-up it shows part of the charateristic curved neck. Well chosen dof to sett the heron off nicely and sharpness shows some details from the plumage - even the fish looks pretty sharp to me. Only nit is a slight burn in the white around the beak. All over a very nice picture pleasant to look at and followed by a good note.

very nice moment you caught...
it is a great composition...
I like it so much.. :)

Excellent action shot, very well done! 1/160 is a bit slow for the action, so you have a bit of motion blur, but in the morning, light will have been the limiting factor.

Hi Jaime,
Great moment you've got here. POV and DOF are perfect
Great shot

Wowwww this is super Jamie to be there at the right time to get this fantastic shot and he looks happy to of his catch. Bravo!!!

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