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Green Heron

Green Heron
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 300mm F2.8L IS +1.4 TC
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-12-03 15:46
Viewed: 4490
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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Took this shot at a park where there is a swampy body of water and I have been going there to find this little guy since last year. About 2 out of 4 times I will find him. There are some distracting weeds OOF near him but I didn't really want to clone them out.

Green Heron:

The green heron is a bird with many aliases. In various parts of the country it is known as "whitepoke", "chalkline", "fly-up-the-creek" and "green bittern." It is probably the best known of all herons and is often seen around the Colonial area during the warm weather months. In the winter, the awkward and slow-flying bird moves to warmer climates such as Central and South America.

Like the rest of its famiiy, the green heron is an expert fisherman, moving through the shallows in stealthy fashion. Its sword-like bill is like a cocked gun, and the bird hits its prey with the speed of a striking rattlesnake: taking fish, frogs, salamanders, small snakes and insects with ease.

When the bird flushes and flies to a perch, it immediately "freezes" and the on-looker's eye is hard put to tell the bird from a dead branch. This position is held until the intruder approaches to within a few feet.

The back of the green heron is such a dark green that at a distance it appears more like a dark blue or gray. The neck is rufous and the center of the throat white with dark streaks. Dark green head crests are raised momentarily when the bird is alarmed.

source: http://www.baylink.org/wpc/grheron.html

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-03 15:52]

impressive shot,incredible details and sharpness,fantastic colours,a very 1st class pic,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Adam,
Fantastic shot. very good composition, good sharpness and details. beautiful colors.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-03 17:03]

Hello Adam
Excellent presentation.Good POV and very sharp image.Details are great.Excellent light also.
TFS Michel

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-12-03 18:03]

Hi Adam, a nice shot of the Heron. You've captured some wonderful colors and it looks like he caught some lunch. Looks very nice against the background. Good lighting. Nice detail. Composition does give it a good feel. Good work, congrats.


Hello Adam,
Stunning shot of this Green Heron, the detail is superb, my only problem are the two soft branches across the body and face of the bird its just a little distracting but nothing that can't be fixed, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Splendid shot Adam,
very sharp with an outstanding focus and many impressive details, wonderfull colors and very good composition,

Hello Adam,

Great picture of this heron. Good POV and DOF. Superb colours.

Great sharpness, compo and colors!
Nice shot and beautifull bird!


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-04 3:31]

Hi Adam, what a super shot of this very colourful Heron. I very much like your composition here and the great detail of the Heron. Wonderful light bringing out those magnificent colours and fine plumage markings. Great focus, exposure and dof.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-04 11:23]

Hello Adam,
Everything in this photo is very good: details, sharpness, light, colours, BG, composition, etc. But the strong clear colours I like the most.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-05 1:40]

Hola adam,
magnífica captura,
perfecto pov, color y plumaje...
buen trabajo,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-12-09 19:31]

Very very nice, Adam. : )
I have rarely seen a green heron around our parts.
Did you find him at Coyote Hills?
The different sections in his plumage are well defined with sharp details and rich, natural colors.
Is that his tongue hanging out or is that a small fish?
TFS. : )

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