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Great blue heron

Great blue heron
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-03 16:57
Viewed: 6194
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Pictures taken in the Botanical Garden of Montreal, Quebec.
I took up to 150 photos of this young specimen that morning. I had noticed it by far, then I approached more and more him, quite slowly, up to 2 metres. Then, he put itself has to smooth feathers and has to take any sorts of acrobatic poses always while living on a single paw. I was fascinated by this animal which, when he do not go fishing or do not sleep, spends time putting itself beautiful and deserving be photographed...

Great blue heron
Grand héron bleu
Ardea herodias

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardéidés
Food: carnivore, he feeds on small fishes but also on amphibians, on lobsters, on leeches, on grass-snakes, on small rodents, on big insects and on mollusks.
Reproduction: the coupling up and the laying take place from April till May from the age of 2 years. The couple broods from 3 to 5 hanging eggs 25 in 29 days. The first flight of babies will take place 60 days later.
Longevity: in kind and in captivity until 20 years.
Predators: eggs or babies can be the prey of the big crow, the crow of America, gulls, birds of prey, the racoon and the black bear.
Status: no in danger, with the exception of the situation of the population of the coast of the Pacific which is considered worrisome.

I hope you like it.

ellis49, JeanMichel, extramundi, Signal-Womb, milloup, Fisher, marhowie, carper, red45, Callie, coasties, gerhardt, mumek, radz has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To japie: they are separate persons...Luc 1 01-05 14:53
To netfalls: Brise matinale moins accentuée ...Luc 1 01-04 07:50
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Great shots Luc.
I like both. Good details, composition and details and
a great note like always.
Very good job.

I've tested the camera in daylight today and I must say it works very well.

Superbe photo, Luc. Les détails ciselés, les contrstes et la couleur presque métallique de cet oiseau donnent une impression de gravure. C'est très bien rendu. L'idée de mettre deux vues côte à côte est excellente. Avec votre note très complète, on se trouve devant une documentation très didactique et très bien réalisée.

Thats quite a balancing act Luc. Interesting bird, great capture and presentation. Good work.

Your patience in getting nearer slowly gave you a very beautiful result, Luc. It is incredible the bird shots you get with your "amateur" cam, I find it very difficult and I think needs a special mention. Very well done.
What about decreasing just a bit the yellow saturation? Maybe it would increase a bit contrast. Thanks for sharing.

Two great captures, I really like the photos of birds where they're undisturbed by the photographer's presence, and this one clearly was just that. Good sharpness, colours and light.

Good study Luc great details in every thing , only once have I seen a person that close to one and it was a young bird begging fish off a fisherman, the rest vanish if they see you half a mile away, much persicuted for their fish eating habits even though protected.

Superbe Luc! S'approcher à 2 mètres d'un grand héron est un exploit en soi. Le photographier comme tu l'as fait est une grande réussite artistique. Ton cadre et ta note sont très intéressants.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-03 20:03]

Luc, way to capture. he let you take these shots even. I'm amazed. These guys take off when anyone looks at them. Well done on these compositions.


Excellent work Luc. Great sharpness, detail & your patience & persistence has paid off well I think. Congratulations & Happy New Year!

tres belle photo Luc,
cela doit vraiment etre amsant de prendre un heron qui fais le clown devant soit :D
merci pour ces beau clichet ;)

Very good presentation Luc. excellent work

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  • sev Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 0] (56)
  • [2005-01-04 2:47]

great capture, I like the both photos
excellent work luc !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-04 4:55]

Superb presentation Luc. Great bird in great pose. Excellent quality.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****

Superbe Luc, as tu efface qq chose dans l'eau sur la photo de gauche?

Wauw Luc I like it,
Both are beautiful shots, extreme good shots, the colours are great, with a good balance, the dof is also very nice even as the note, great job

Luc, very very nice. Great shots with superb sharpness, detail and presentation. I find it quite fascinating how these birds always stand on one leg! TFS.

Deserving a photograph... You deserve more just to get within 2m of this is exceptional. Both the shots are equally nice. The feathers and textures catches my eye. Very sharp. Such a nice set! Well done.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-04 18:22]

Two beautiful pictures.Note as usual excellent.

Hi Luc
I see you caught Mr Vain - when we were in Kruger in September, one of our Grey Herons, this one's close cousin, nearly brother, was preening himself every day for the 7 days we visited the hide, and my wife called him Mr Vain. The pose is very good, and the light and exposure is well handled.
Points tomorrow - I just stay in debt!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-05 14:20]
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Two images of great quality! The one on the right is my favorite. The sharpness in both images is excellent.

I hope that you thanked him for this session.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-05 21:52]

Excellent shot,real acrobatic poses.Lukcy to get very close distance.Fine details.Left side pics superb.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-12 17:16]

Hi Luc.
Excellent composition and details also
a great note like always.
Well done

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