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Old Jul 8, 2012, 8:28 AM   #1
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Heron wading in Green Cay Wetlands.


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Old Jul 8, 2012, 8:00 PM   #2
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Once again the first shot is fantastic. I really enjoy my Sigma and it seems to be working great for you also. Cheers Travis
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Great series Ed. I have never seen a Tri-colored Heron with its wings open, now I understand its name. I have seen them standing with just the little white on the neck and it didn't seem to justify its name


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Old Jul 9, 2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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Wonderful action and the reflection capture is very nice. Seems there's a lot of us enjoying the Sigma lens.
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Lovely series Ed. Like everyone else I love #1
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 2:22 PM   #6
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Indeed a fine lens, especially in such capable hands!
Wonderful composition on #1, and great capture of the "beak splash" in #3.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 9:32 PM   #7
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Very good shots! I'm another who had never seen a tricolor heron with their wings open and didn't realize just how much white they have. My favorite is the third one.
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Nice captures, Ed.

For those who haven't witnessed this, it is a characteristic method of feeding for these birds. It has been speculated that they use the wings as they run either to cast a shadow to scare prey out of hiding, or to block glare on the surface, the better to see to the bottom.

One of my most interesting observations related to this was watching a Snowy Egret "understudying" with a Tricolor. It ran back and forth along with the Tricolor (at a short distance from it), watching. It did this over two or three days, until one day it dashed out, waving its wings, and was immediately successful, capturing a fish on the first try. Snowy Egrets already use a variety of feeding techniques, but this bird used this method itself afterwards, adding it to its repertoire! This clearly demonstrates the learning capacity of birds, which aren't so dumb after all!
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Great series Ed, you really captured the action and the reflections are striking.

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