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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: WEI C CHANG (rightway) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 43] (333)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-22 8:36
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The largest and most widespread heron in North America, the Great Blue Heron can be found along the ocean shore or the edge of a small inland pond. An all white form is found from southern Florida into the Caribbean, and used to be considered a separate species, the "Great White Heron."

Large, gray bird.
Long legs
Long, "S"-shaped neck.
Long, thick bill.
White crown stripe.
Black plume extending from behind eye to off the back of the neck.
Shaggy feathers on neck and back.
Bluish gray back, wings, and belly.
Reddish or gray neck.
White morph all white with pale legs, yellow bill.

Size: 97-137 cm (38-54 in)
Wingspan: 167-201 cm (66-79 in)
Weight: 2100-2500 g (74.13-88.25 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes look alike.

Call a deep, hoarse croak.

Conservation Status:
The Great Blue Heron suffered less from plume hunters and pesticides than other herons, and its numbers have remained strong.

Other Names:
Grande Héron (French)
Garza morena, Garza blanca granda, Gallinaza (Spanish)

Cool Facts:
The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the "great white heron," is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. Where the dark and white forms overlap in Florida, intermediate birds known as "Wurdemann's herons" can be found. They have the bodies of a Great Blue Heron, but the white head and neck of the great white heron.

Although the Great Blue Heron eats primarily fish, it is adaptable and willing to eat other animals as well. Several studies have found that voles (mice) were a very important part of the diet, making up nearly half of what was fed to nestlings in Idaho. Occasionally a heron will choke to death trying to eat a fish that is too large to swallow.

Great Blue Herons congregate at fish hatcheries, creating potential problems for the fish farmers. A study found that herons ate mostly diseased fish that would have died shortly anyway. Sick fish spent more time near the surface of the water where they were more vulnerable to the herons.

Source: www.birds.cornell.edu

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Hi Wei, Nice composition of this Heron and it's fantastic reflection. Very good POV and great feeding pose. Plumage details are a bit soft focus. Tfs Richard

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-24 2:05]

hello Wei
good capture of this cute heron with its reflection on the water
i like dynamic composition, POV and colours

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-25 10:37]

Hi Wei
very nice composition of this Heron and it's fantastic reflection
well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-25 18:12]

Hola Wei.
Esta Garza gris azul luce de maravilla, y el reflejo de la misma en el agua es muy nitido tambien. La nota es exelente Wei.

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