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Old Jan 29, 2010, 5:32 PM   #1
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Old Jan 29, 2010, 8:05 PM   #2
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Amazing display of aerodynamics! Also, it is amazing how awkward the bird's anatomy looks, especially when they look so graceful in flight. Your timing in taking these photographs was perfect!
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Wow, terrific capture.
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Amazing display of aerodynamics! Also, it is amazing how awkward the bird's anatomy looks, especially when they look so graceful in flight. Your timing in taking these photographs was perfect!
Exactly - No2 caught it right at the stalling point - gear down and locked, flaps down, all slots open, maximum turbulence evident at the leading edge, look of intense pilot concentration - touchdown imminent! It used to require high speed motion picture photography in a wind tunnel to demonstrate these phenomena. This is a textbook photograph. Well done, Ed!

It also shows how little there really is to a heron underneath all those feathers!
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Now, them's some skinny legs! Looks like he's molting, or is that some of his smaller feathers flapping in the breeze?
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Great shots, absolutely spot on... I am seriously considering a purchase of either the Pentax K-7, or Canon 500D or Nikon D90 in March or April. It really is great to see these examples in this forum, which I am very new to. Thanks for sharing these.

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Looks like he's molting, or is that some of his smaller feathers flapping in the breeze?
That "fluff" is the effect of the turbulence created by the stall, along the leading edge of the wings, lifting up the small feathers.
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Amazing capture, Ed. That was perfect timing.

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Old Jan 30, 2010, 9:31 PM   #9
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Really awesome pictures! I do agree that the Heron sure looks awkward in these pictures, considering how graceful they look otherwise.
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Great shot Ed!
bet you didn't know I was there on the other side and got a rear shot.



Unfortunately my glass isn't as good as yours.
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