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Great Blue Heron Study   Featured in PhotoFlash #096
  <Bb>Great Blue Heron Study</b>
Great Blue Heron Study

Juvenile great blue heron plays in the midst of freshwater pond.
Entry in the Details and Macro monthly photo contest for March 2011.

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Canon EOS 50D Digi...

John Rivera
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    Great Shot!

3/29/2011 6:29:04 AM

Dick Jenkins
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Thank you, John. This young bird was playing in a small pond in the midst of a large nesting area. A large GBH feather was his toy and he'd stab at it as if fishing then toss it into the air only to do it again. He did manage to catch a small turtle as an appetizer. I had time to add the 2X extender on the f/2.8L 300mm lens yielding fairly good detail.

3/29/2011 6:47:04 AM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Nice capture, Dick. He is beautiful.

3/29/2011 7:35:33 AM

Carol Eade
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Beautiful GBH portrait!

3/30/2011 4:52:29 AM

Dick Jenkins
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Thank you Kay and Carol for your comments. I'm beginning to see what I suspect are 2nd and 3rd generations of birds nesting in this area. I say that because they appear to get along in harmony. For 4 years I followed a GBH couple where one was a wurdemann's heron but I can't find her this year. A wurdemann's heron is easily picked out from the others.

We have 4 adult osprey mating here for the 1st time and they enjoy playing high above me in the sky, touching occasionally. I may just spend my afternoons on my back trying to capture such an encounter. :-) One female osprey passed by me at eye-level recently carrying supper. I'll include this photo for you. Nothing great, just surprised to see her at eye-level.

3/30/2011 7:21:03 AM

Bill Houghton
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Dick, this is such a beautiful shot. I can see that you like birds. Check out mine in my gallery and my website. Great work on your part. Have a nice day, Bill

If you have time, check out my website:
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3/31/2011 10:13:40 AM

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