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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Lisa Walker (FeatherBirdLady) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 82] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-11
Categories: Birds, Seascape, Ocean
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon Zoom Lens 10X Optical Zoom, Compact Flash 1GB
Exposure: f/7.5, 1/6 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-13 22:58
Viewed: 3537
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hunting the tidepools at MacKerricher State Park on January 11, 2007...

From Patuxent's website:

Great blue heron Ardea herodias
Identification Tips:

* Length: 38 inches Wingspan: 70 inches
* Sexes similar
* Huge long-legged long-necked wader
* Usually holds neck in an "S" curve at rest and in flight
* Long, thick, yellow bill


* White crown and face
* Black plume extending from above and behind eye to beyond back of head
* Brownish-buff neck with black-bordered white stripe down center of foreneck
* Blue-gray back, wings and belly
* Black shoulder
* Shaggy neck and back plumes in alternate plumage


* Black cap
* Brownish-gray back and upperwings
* Lacks shaggy neck and back plumes
* Lacks black plume extending from behind eye

"Great White Heron":

* White morph of Great Blue Heron
* Large yellow bill
* Yellow legs
* White plumage
* Single white plume extending back from above eye
* Found only in South Florida, rarely north along the coast

Similar species:

Tricolored Heron has white belly. Reddish Egret and Little Blue Heron are smaller, and lack white on head and yellow in bill. "Great White Heron" could be confused with Great Egret but is larger, with yellow legs and the single head plume coming from behind the eye.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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Hi Feather

Is this the new guard for the National Sea Rescue Institute? Looks like this guy is very wary of what’s happening in the surf.

I really like your composition and POV. It is not just the normal ‘get-it-as-close-as-possible’ shot, but an interesting scene that included a large part of the ocean habitat. The colours, although very natural, could have perhaps been bumped up with a little more saturation and the sharpness needed perhaps a tinge of USM processing. So this is no big deal as it is only part of optimisation and could easily be fixed. Anyway, the lighting is well controlled and there is some lovely contrasts visible on the bird.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Feather,
Beautiful capture with great composition, color and detail.
Lovely blues of ocean and bird are my favorite, thanks for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-14 7:20]
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Hi Feather,
You caught this heron from an excellent and unusual point of view. I like the composition of your picture a lot, having kept the blue heron on the left side of the picture.
Best regards

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-14 12:11]
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merhaba Feather;
good photo selamlar

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