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I Think I'm Early

I Think I'm Early
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-17 4:08
Viewed: 2925
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Great Blue Heron was checking out the ice on Ressor Lake, lucky for him Battle Creek has open water in which to catch his food for now. He wasn't very afraid of us a slowly walked on the ice just to stay ahead.

For some good information on the Great Blue Heron go here, http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/31/overview/Great_Blue_Heron.aspx

inked, pekkavalo1, goldyrs, MMM, jaycee, gerbilratz, writerscrawlz, Juyona, CeltickRanger, Jamesp, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-17 4:16]

hi Rick,
heheh nice title.. fantastic clear crisp shot of this Heron. Beautifully lit and exposed with great details. very nice. tfs

Hi Rick,

Very good capture of Great Blue Heron. He looks a bit puzzled facing the ice. Very good composition, POV, BG, sharpness of details and natural colours. Good work.



Hi Rick
Nice shot of this cool guy captured with good details and colours.

Hello Rick,

Excellent picture of this heron. Great POV, DOF and sharpness. Wonderful detail, light and colours.

An awesome shot, Rick.Very sharp, detailed and perfectly lighted.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-17 7:06]

Hi Rick
Nice capture,That is the first time that I see one on snow.Good POV and sharp iamge.
TFS Michel

Ha! Still a few patches and some ice as well eh? Well ours finally totaled out and is all gone as of yesterday. Perhaps this Egret knows something we don't???!! It is the groundhog of Alberta...You folks have to have something to be taking pride in...you already have all the doggone beautiful landscapes up there...and then of all things one giant Mall way the heck up in the frozen north...whose idea was that? Fun image and nice notes..

Hello Rick,
very nice capture, excellent sharpness, very good depth of field, beautiful natural colors and lovely light,.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-17 7:55]

Hi Rick,

Did you tell this lovely Heron that spring WILL come? I share his thoughts that that water looks much too frigid. Beautiful colors and good details and this picture tells a story.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-17 9:40]

Hello Rick,
Lovely capture - the colours of the Heron really stand out in the beautiful light and against the ice. Great sharpness too and very well composed.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi rick, one of the best images you have uploaded, the colours and fine detail to this is wonderful. The details and colours around the head/bill are first rate, you can really appreciate this image, so descriptive. TFS regards h

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-17 12:50]

Hi Rick,
lovely shot, the icy BG is a wonderful backdrop for this Heron. Love how the colors pop out and the sharpness is excellent.
He might be a bit early, but he looks stunning on the ice.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-17 13:09]

Hi Rick.Good close up of the Heron. you have captured the eye andfeathers with good detail. and natural looking colours. well done TFs.

Beautiful colors and details! The sharpness is perfect because it allows me to see the texture not only on the feathers, but also of the ice. Hehehe, a tad bit early he is! Wonderful job as usual.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-17 14:10]

Genial trabajo Rick,
perfecto pov,
detalles y excelente enfoque...
saludos amigo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-17 14:18]

Very sharp shot of this Heron, Rick!
Superb composition and POV.
Shame the head is slightly OOF but otherwise the photo is perfect!
Nice light and exposure.
Great detail.
Well done,


hello Rick

great close shot of the Great Blue Heron,
it is something like unusual to see a this bird on the snow,
fine POV, framing and DOF, great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-17 22:38]

Hi Rick

Very good pose - good detail plus excellent eye contact.


Hi Rick, I've never seen a Heron on ice before, I guess I would have expected them to migrate and return when the ice was well gone. This is a great shot, and a lesson for me. Very nice detail, and I like how you picked up the great textures of snow on the ice. Lighting is excellent with very good colour on the bird.

Thanks, John

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-22 10:02]

Hi Rick.
I like your nice picture of the beautiful and so slender photo model a lot. Great image of the bird. Its details, sharpness, colour reproduction are stunning as ell as the very impressive perfectly reflected BG. Bravo. Excellent job.

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