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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: 2007-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 16:03
Viewed: 3388
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Blue Heron , Ardea herodias, is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands, except for the far north and deserts and high mountains where there is no water for it to feed in. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores and England.

It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm (36-54 in), a wingspan of 180 cm (71 in), and a weight of 2.2–3.6 kg (4.8-8 lbs). It is blue-gray overall, with black flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow.

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Fantastic work capturing this monent! I'm pleasantly surprised that 1/500th was enough to freeze the wings, but who can argue with success?

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-10 16:34]

Hi Wei
Great action capture
tfs jon

Hello Chang,
It is no doubt a great motion photography showing heron in landing approach ! Cheers for good job.

Hello Wei,

Youve captured the heron greatly in a lovely pose just before touch down.
Excellent sharpness and exposure and due to that colors and feather details are wonderful.
Excellent work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

What a wonderful image, Wei! The timing of the shot is perfect!
Freddie :)

Hello Wei, Great capture, beautiful natural colors, excellent sharpness, good depth of field and nice clarity, good composition and point of view.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-11 2:31]

Bonjour Wei,

Parfaite pose de l,oiseau.
Félicitations pour le timing.

Hi Wei,

Very good capture of landing Heron with sharp details and good colours.



Hello Wei
This just superb..You have caught this magnificent with excellent sharp details as he is coming in to land..One toe in the water..super dof..Great work and a really super note.
All the best

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-04-11 10:32]

hello wei,
beautiful landing of the heron,
nicely captured moment

hi wei!
nice pic taken in the right second!
good work!

Hello Wei
This is the type of action I really like to see and capture.
You stopped the flight very impressively.
Good focus and colours.

Perfect moment captured!!! WOW!
This is the kind of shot I always want and never get. Fabulous work!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-24 7:27]

Hi Wei,
I liked your timing and the pose you captured. TFS

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