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Old Sep 21, 2005, 12:18 PM   #1
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These pictures were all taken at the crack of dawn. The first is of a "normal" Blue Heron, (whatever normal means) and was taken about 15 minutes before the others. While all these birds differ from individual to individual, he has a more typical sillouette

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLUDAWN1.JPG[/img]

These three images, taken near dawn, 400 ISO, 1/100 hand held, are of the most massive Great Blue I have ever seen. This guy can crack walnuts with his theighs.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLUDAWN6.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLUDAWN7.JPG[/img]

I got very lucky with this last shot, taken at 1/250, which is way to slow, but look at those pecks! He should go for the Olympics!

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Old Sep 21, 2005, 9:52 PM   #2
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Wow Dave, #3 is nice and that is one muscle bound bird. I've seen lots of them but nothing like that one before.

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Old Sep 21, 2005, 10:01 PM   #3
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I wonder if he can shoot a basketball? Great captures.

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Haha - that sucker sure does have some amazing thighs on him! :shock:Bet he could deliver quite a kick, Dave, but don't get close enough to let him try it...

As for me, while all are fine shots, I think I like the first shot the most. I'm kind of a sucker for silhouetted birds against expanses of water. For example (and I hope you don't mind me throwing one of my own shots into your thread, Dave), this shot I took several years ago - it's not the best shot but illustrates what I mean:


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Old Sep 22, 2005, 12:13 AM   #5
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Great shots, dave, you make perfect use of the early morning light on these.
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Old Sep 23, 2005, 11:27 AM   #6
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Haha - that sucker sure does have some amazing thighs on him! :shock: Bet he could deliver quite a kick, Dave, but don't get close enough to let him try it...

As for me, while all are fine shots, I think I like the first shot the most. I'm kind of a sucker for silhouetted birds against expanses of water. For example (and I hope you don't mind me throwing one of my own shots into your thread, Dave), this shot I took several years ago - it's not the best shot but illustrates what I mean:

I've never seen such a massvie bird - never. Even my photographs don't do him justice. I was originally going to title this thread "Sumo Great Blue," but then I figured all the fight fans would tune in.

As for posting that really nice shot in my thread - just thank your lucky stars that I didn't post any pictures of my cousin in your vulture thread.

And thanks Norm. I have no choice with the light. Someday, I will over-sleep and shoot later on in the day.

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Old Sep 23, 2005, 12:35 PM   #7
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Hey Dave, nice of you to share your thug with us . I agree, the lighting does make the pics, esp with the water. You gonna have tokeep on getting up early to get some more of these.

BTW, how BIG is a GBH [weight, length, wingspan] We have a rather large heron here called a Goliath - I have a few pics of him, unfortunatly none as nice as yours, they're just plain 'ol heron doing nothing. The specs in my bird book put it as : Length - 140cm, Wingspan - 630cm, Weight - 4350g [ Isuppose you'll have to convert that to feet'n inches and pounds

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Old Sep 23, 2005, 1:02 PM   #8
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Hey Dave, nice of you to share your thug with us . I agree, the lighting does make the pics, esp with the water. You gonna have to keep on getting up early to get some more of these.

BTW, how BIG is a GBH [weight, length, wingspan] We have a rather large heron here called a Goliath - I have a few pics of him, unfortunatly none as nice as yours, they're just plain 'ol heron doing nothing. The specs in my bird book put it as : Length - 140cm, Wingspan - 630cm, Weight - 4350g [ Isuppose you'll have to convert that to feet'n inches and pounds

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Oh I do believe your guy is bigger. The Great Blue is 48 inches long with a 6 foot wing span, whereas your bird has a 21 foot wing span, which makes your bird, the largest flying animal since the ptyerodactyl...:lol:

This guy was bigger than average in ALL respects. These birds nest on the offshore islands, and about this time of the year move into the marsh's I inhabit. I expect to see him again. I will bring a ruller and a scale and give you an exact breakdown on his size. In New York, these birds well understand the importance of money - so it wont be a problem.

These birds have one other interesting habit. Some of them simply don't migrate. Last winter I photographed one fishing through the ice - not something that you would expect from a Heron. He stayed until January and then I think he was seen boarding a Jet Blue plane to Florida.

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Sorry dave , my mistake [can't read my own bird book] looks like a single wing is 630mm:?:?:?

Thanks for the info:-)
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Sorry dave , my mistake [can't read my own bird book] looks like a single wing is 630mm:?:?:?

Thanks for the info:-)
Man do I hate those single wing bird books. I got facinated with ducks and writing about ducks, so I went out and bought a technical book on these guys, and every "wingspan" is given with a measurement of one wing. What do they expect from me? Mind you, they don't count the "middle" of the duck here. One wing x 2, does not a wingspan make.

So I can rattle off all sorts of stats about ducks, average weight of males, females, mortality, etc - but then if I want to know how large the wing-span is I have to go to a field guide!

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