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This heron might look plastic, but it is very much alive and kicking :~)

His name is Harry and he is a wild bird

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Nick Weall on February 22, 2012

Bengeltje, ~ Thank you so much for your beautiful compliment and like ~ best wishes to you ~ nick

Peter_private_box on February 22, 2012

Hi Nick,

I am so impressed with this picture. How did you get so close that he didn't fly away? And you got three of him!! Excellent. Of course I like it!

Best Wishes Peter

Nick Weall on February 23, 2012

Peterprivatebox, Thanks for the praise Peter the trick of getting so close has to remain a secret for the time being ~ let us say it involved heron whispering ~ Thanks for the like ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Nick Weall on February 27, 2012

Steve Drury, Upon my sole you have nearly got it :~)))) I was pretty amazed by the results too Steve so many thanks for the YSL ~ All the best ~ nick

girolamo fedele on February 28, 2012

Very nice shot!!! nick, like,


Nick Weall on February 28, 2012

FGirolamo, ~ They are in my experience very hard to get close too ~ Thanks for the praise and like Jerry ~ all the best ~ nick

Fernand Metzger on March 12, 2012


Art Anderson on March 12, 2012

Nick, We're just wild about Harry. Harry is just wild...or is he? Or is he just not Harry in a hurry. Best regards. -Art

Nick Weall on March 12, 2012

**Fernand Metzger, ~ Thank you very much again :~)

ArtnScience, Harry is eight years old and is friends with the owner of the boat that is moored along the side of canal here. The boat owner also owns a little patch of land by the weir shown in the latest shot. Harry flies off when dogs are around, or if someone gets in his face. In this shot the boat is just out of shot. So hip hip hooray for Harry :~) All the very best to you dear friend and now my secret is out ~ nick

Christos Theodorou on March 17, 2012

Magnificent portrait - Greetings from Athens.

Nick Weall on March 17, 2012

Christos Theodorou, Hello Christos and thanks for your kind compliment ~ Friendly greetings to you in Athens ~ nick

brian gillman on August 5, 2013

Beautiful photo of a beautiful bird! Y*. Super clarity, detail and contrast. Would grace any bird book methinks - and all without your 300mm lens! There's hope for us all!

Best wishes, Brian.

Nick Weall on August 5, 2013

brian01 The little Panasonic TZ5 can take excellent pictures (Now and then) all depending upon light etc and what mood it is in ~ so I tend not to use it much anymore. Here it came up trumps, so many thanks for the Y* ~ It probably helped that I was extremely close to Harry the Heron at the time ~ All the best ~ nick

brian gillman on August 5, 2013

I have similar thoughts re. my Canon compact/ bridge camera which fits conveniently on my belt, Nick. Am sure it's capable of taking great photos even under demanding conditions. Have a theory that these types of camera are so good because the lens is specifically designed for the body (or vice versa). Often wonder if I was wise to add my expensive Nikon 'proper' DSLR followed inevitably by lenses, filters, bean-bag, tripod, remote release, external flash, instruction books, large bag etc. And I haven't decided what telephoto lens to get yet - prime or zoom, 300mm, 400mm? Shall need a caddy to carry it all. More expense. Still, if he (or better, she) can tell me what photos to take, where to stand, what exposure, what lens to use, how to attach it, where to focus etc it might be worth it.

Cheers, Brian.

Nick Weall on August 5, 2013

brian01 ~ Well it helps to have a Landrover Discovery to carry it all in Brian ~ If your tied to Nikon the the longer lens are all prime and very pure too ~ ~ The 70-200mm zoom is a good piece of kit. The 70-400mm not so good.

The 300 prime is considered one of the best, if not the best and allegedly works well with the latest 2x converter ~ I have a little experience of using the two together, but look forward to Sennen to try that combination in full seriousness. I have a carbon Fibre tripod for seaside use with a panning and tilt head. The caddy sounds fun, but I'd need a pair of em I think (Fat chance) Think of it though as being so much cheaper than racing a yacht, or being a member of a top golf club, or er um ~## ~ I guess our hobbies are a good way of others detaching money from our belt :~)))

Oh joy ~ all the best ~ nick

brian gillman on August 5, 2013

Wise advice. Many thanks, Nick.

Cheers, Brian.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 19, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Nick Weall
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ5
    • Taken on 2012/02/19 13:32:55
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 17.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash