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27-DEC-2009 Racine Erland


Southern Vancouver Island

Great Blue Herons are resident birds on Vancouver Island, nesting here in the spring,
raising their young and wintering over during the colder months. It's always a thrill
seeing these silent sentinels in the salt water marshes, patiently watching for their
next catch. Great Blue Heron facts: These birds are waders, typically seen along
coastlines, in marshes, or near the shores of ponds or streams. They are expert fishers.
Herons snare their aquatic prey by walking slowly, or standing still for long periods
of time and waiting for fish to come within range of their long necks and blade-like
bills. The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey
is swallowed whole. ~ National Geographic

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Fay Stout26-Jan-2010 02:41
Love the lighting and the DOF is perfect! V.
Jola Dziubinska12-Jan-2010 01:14
Stunning photo, Racine. So many details and all are excellent, perfect exposure and contrasts. Vote.
Doug Cruden08-Jan-2010 18:14
This is an excellent shot, Racine - beautifully composed and perfect exposure
Mary Terry08-Jan-2010 16:04
Excellent capture!
Sheila08-Jan-2010 10:34
A wonderful capture and composition.
Mieke WA Minkjan08-Jan-2010 06:59
excellent capture... you were patience also to get this shot
Jeff Lobaugh08-Jan-2010 03:33
Great capture!!
Dawn B08-Jan-2010 03:20
Beautiful lighting here and I have seen this guys fish and eat... it is incredible!
carol j. phipps08-Jan-2010 01:28
Good title for this find pic.
J. Scott Coile08-Jan-2010 01:27
Your patience really paid off!
Cindi Smith08-Jan-2010 00:52
I love them so much. We have them here too. They just are so beautiful even in Black and White as you have shown here!
Available Light Images07-Jan-2010 23:28
This works so very very well... I know these birds well and a color portrait in these conditions may well fail to capture their elegance. This is fantastic and I am enjoying seeing BC again through your lens..
Walter O. Koenig07-Jan-2010 23:06
Excellent sharp capture. Very nice details.
LynnH07-Jan-2010 22:43
Perfect title! Excellent light and sharpness here. I especially like the light on the neck feathers! V
Norman Richard07-Jan-2010 21:49
great fishermen, better than the human ones.
Ieke Vonk07-Jan-2010 21:45
Very nicely picture.
lisamidi07-Jan-2010 20:41
Wonderful grass textures and great shot of this lovel bird.
maggie_falconi07-Jan-2010 20:35
A wonderful photo!! Nice light and a wonderful composition Racine.
Stewart Mitchell07-Jan-2010 20:16
Very fine capture of this lone(some) fisherman!!
Ronald Bijtenhoorn07-Jan-2010 19:27
Cold and lonely; great shot
Phillip Normanton07-Jan-2010 18:38
Super capture - I like all the midtones :o)
Guest 07-Jan-2010 18:20
great capture, so still, yet ready to strike. V
Ilana gil07-Jan-2010 16:41
Excellent picture!
Bernard Davis07-Jan-2010 16:29
Excellent capture, we get grey heron round here, but they are so very shy that they fly off if they even catch a glimpse of a camera.
Perfect composition here. Voted.
Barbara Heide07-Jan-2010 16:29
nice light dash to enhance this portrait!
Kathryn07-Jan-2010 16:12
It certainly is.
Stephanie07-Jan-2010 15:39
Wonderful capture Racine!
borisalex07-Jan-2010 15:39
Wow.. you did a wonderful job in this image, great sharpness, compo and tones V.