Juvenile Great Blue Heron at Dinner-time

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Comments (16)

Cal Kimola Brown on September 25, 2009

Fantastic, Y*, no more need be said.

Cal Kimola Brown on September 25, 2009

Awesome, y*, no more need be said.

Bits-n-Pieces on September 25, 2009

LOL, Cal ! Thanks Thanks!

This heron was amazing. It was strolling in the marsh right along side the road, only about 15 or 20 feet away, and it didn't seem to particularly care that I was shadowing it. Of course, I really WANTED it to fly away to get a shot of that, but it didn't. But that meant I was ready with a nice fast shutter speed when it stopped for a little snack.

not1word on September 25, 2009

That's a very pretty shot and pose, Bits. Well done!

diannemcd on September 25, 2009

Brilliant shot, you were lucky to get so close.

Norrel on September 25, 2009

After you've pictured all feathered animals of Horn Pond, you're now chasing all the birds of Plum Island. No wonder the birds are getting used to you being around, Bits!

someGuyinmasset on September 26, 2009

Great shot Bits! And a little tip for you: if you want them to fly bounce a rock off their noggin, not too hard though or they don't fly so well.

Ritva Astikainen on September 26, 2009


Bits-n-Pieces on September 27, 2009

Thanks Ritva, Dianne, not1word and Norrel! I definitely was pretty lucky to get this. This heron wasn't as big as most I've seen, and along with the fact that it didn't fly away when I got close, I wondered if it was a young one. Norrel's link to a Purple Heron got me to look up herons , and I discovered that this is in fact a juvenile. The white feathers on its wings, the lack of that plume off the back of his head, the dark upper bill, plus sprout-y feathers on its neck that made it look striped are the ways to tell a first year heron - and this one had all those..

And Hooraaayyy! We finally learn Guy's secret for getting all of his great bird photos!!!! Trouble is, I'm not coordinated enough to toss a stone that would reach the bird and also be able to operate the camera at the same time, so looks like I'll never develop the skill :< But I''m at least relieved to hear you don't hit them with a hammer!

Itallica on September 28, 2009


Mahdi Kalhor on September 28, 2009

Lovely photo + YS

Kind regards to you,


Bits-n-Pieces on September 28, 2009

Thanks very much Teri and Mahdi!

Cal Kimola Brown on October 4, 2009

LOL, I came back for another look at this one and I have to wonder why I made the same comment twice, I think it may have been because of the delay in uploading comments, computers just aren't fast enough!!! I still love the photo.

Bits-n-Pieces on October 5, 2009

Hi Cal - well thanks for coming back by! Sure was cool to be able to shadow the bird so closely to really get to observe it.

Chrisssss on October 11, 2009

Great pic.

Bits-n-Pieces on October 14, 2009

Thanks very much Chris - it was a really unique experience following this heron up close, and then being able to catch some shots like this.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 24, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/09/23 17:09:17
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 150.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash