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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-30 15:27
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Points: 24
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Belonging to the Ardeidae family, the Great Blue Herons' family includes egrets, night herons, and bitterns as well. Around the world, the Ardeidae family contains approximately 60 species. As we discussed earlier, the population of Herons is spread across North America, their range also includes Mexico, British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. As they like to live near water bodies, you can also find them amidst mangroves, swamps, edges of lakes, marshes, and flooded meadows. Now that you have some information about this magnificent bird, read about some Great Blue Heron facts below.
As Great Blue Herons attempt to swallow their prey whole, they have been known to choke to death at times. Their long, S-shaped necks makes it difficult for them to swallow fish which are too long or large.
One of the fascinating Heron facts is that even though they like to hunt alone and prefer tall trees, they generally make nests in low shrubs and in colonies.
The primary diet of Herons consists of fish. However, they can quickly adapt to eating other animals like mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, dragonflies, grasshoppers, salamanders, crabs, shrimps, crayfish, small mammals, invertebrates, amphibians, and other aquatic insects.
The Great Blue Herons play an important role in the ecosystem. These birds help control population of fish and insects from various habitats. Also, herons are a source of food for animals like red-tailed hawks, bears, raccoons, eagles, and turkey vultures.
Did you know that each year on La Grande Īle in Lac Saint-Pierre near Montreal, more than 1000 Great Blue Herons come to nest.
There are 7 known subspecies of the Herons, one of which is the Great White Heron, the white form of the Great Blue Heron. They have similar bodies as the Great Blue Heron, but are completely white in color.
Herons breed once a year; in northern parts, during March and May, and in southern parts, during November and April. Female herons lay 2-7 pale blue eggs and both parents take turn sitting on the nest to keep the eggs warm.
The Herons have lifespan from 15 years to 24 years when living in the wild. While they are young, that period is considered to be their most vulnerable.
After just 60 days of being hatched, a young Heron can start flying. Also, the biggest chick is given the most amount of food by the parents.
Another fact about this Heron is that while in flight, the wingspan of the Herons can be as wide as 6 feet. They also tend to hold their head close to their body, keeping the neck slightly bent.
Herons like to add sticks to their nests each year so that they can re-use them. Typically, male Herons bring the sticks and the female Herons work on the nest.

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Another excellent in flight photo Bill! Very good composition, perfect timing, wonderful soft colors and great sharpness.
My best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Ciao Bill, great capture of bneautiful heron in fantastic fly, , lovely composition with fascinating reflection, perfect focus on eye, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2012, ciao Silvio

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-12-30 23:01]

wonderful image of the bird flying. good closeup with great details. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-12-31 5:27]

Hi Bill,
Excellent capture of flying bird. Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Happy New Year 2012.
Regards Jiri.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-31 8:22]

Very beautiful colors on the heron, lovely flight image. tfs.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-31 9:01]

Another fantastic shot, Bill!
Perfect timing, great sharpness and splendid light. A beauty!!
Happy new year!

Hello Bill,
Wonderful capture with great focus and very good clarity.
I love the razor sharp details and the splendid contrast against the water.
It is a great image with impressive colors and sharpness.

Hi Bill,
really nice photo of this bird. Excellent sharpness and details.
Happy New Year 2012!!!

Hello Bill,
A Prosperous 2012 to you and your family. Excellent composition with a perfect reflection, eye contact, sharpness and detail, POV and BG my friend,
Best regards,

Hello Bill.
This is a great in flight capture. Love the details on the wings and head and some reflection on the surface. Thanks and happy New Year 2012.
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-01 1:24]

Hi Bill,fantastic in-flight pic,what a details in the difficult light of a cloudy day and what a spectacular wings position! Very well done,all the best for the new year and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-01 11:45]

Hello Bill.
Happy New Year!Wonderful in flight capture.DOF,POV,colors,framing,lighting,details and composition are excellent.TFS.Best regards Siggi

amazing capture , very nice picture !

ciao, tino

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