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Challenger May 3, 2004 9:39 PM





[align=center]I see at least two of these every time I go fishing and I finaly got a couple of decent pics[/align]

photosbyvito May 3, 2004 10:39 PM

heyy! another great blue heron! very good at evading aren't they?! very scared birds...i can't get nearly close enough to take a shot without having to do some major cropping to get it big enough.....i like the second one :)

keep shooting! i'd like to see more :)

ekimes May 7, 2004 1:33 PM

i had a beautiful shot of one on vacation but well...yeah he took of before i snapped, caught him in flight though, just ashame i was using a slow shutter so hes blurred :(

ccomley May 7, 2004 4:21 PM

The trick is - catch a pregnant one!

Seriously, I have a photo of a hen on a nest, we got so close you could've reached out and grabbed her! The pix are not online yet but I'll try to get them uploaded over the weekend.

photosbyvito May 7, 2004 4:28 PM

i wouldn't suggest reaching out and grabbing her though ;)

she might use your arm for her babies next meal ;)


btw....where do they normally nest? in trees? like eagles? or....?

ccomley May 8, 2004 9:19 AM

Ha - indeed, mess not with the mommas. :)

Anyway, I lied.

Came back from hols with a couple of gigs of pictures to sort though so I hadn't got around to these yet. When I did, of course, I found I had pictures of cranes, not herons. Well, there are herons but not on a nest, and indeed, I believe you are right, herons nest in trees. Here are three pix of a *crane* on a nest. I had a fouth which is framed much better - but due to the boat bobbing up and down, the AF point wasn't on target and the grass behind the bird is nicely in focus - but the bird isn't. :(

ekimes May 8, 2004 10:44 AM

nice shots ccomley

hard to find a preg. heron though :-)

eric s May 8, 2004 11:42 AM

And they often nest up in trees... looks kinda like something from a Dr. Seuss book 'cause they pick tall, leafless dead trees and build a large stick nest. Combine that with a long-legged bird and it looks funny.

You might want to lighten the pictures in a photo editor, they are a little dark. But still, I love herons so keep posting them.


photosbyvito May 8, 2004 11:50 AM

lol....very true eric.....they are the funniest looking birds while just taking heads bob up and down.. but once they are up, they look so majestic.

slipe May 8, 2004 1:27 PM

This is Bubba. He hangs out in my back yard with a great egret Zsa Zsa and a snowy egret Herbie. Bubba stands just outside my glass door and occasionally pecks it for attention. When I go out to feed them Bubba backs off to about 6 feet allowing Zsa Zsa to get closer. Herbie will run over my feet.

As soon as I go inside Bubba attacks Zsa Zsa, who is usually vigilant enough to escape harm. Bubba drives off other herons, Zsa Zsa other great egrets and Herbie tries to police the cow egrets, although they sometimes arrive in too great a number for him to handle. Bubba will give up food to drive off another heron and always files off after them with a lot of squawking from both birds. I have no idea whether he actually catches up to them. The egrets are satisfied to just have the others leave.


Zsa Zsa (old photo – I took the others 10 minutes ago)


My neighbor's white lab Lucy doesn't tolerate birds and broke up the photoshoot

Here's your heron with just auto-levels and a little defogging

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