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Getting Acquainted
31-OCT-2013 Vern Rogers (fotabug fotos)

Getting Acquainted

While walking at Delta Ponds this morning, I noticed someone standing at the end of a pedestrian bridge. I walked down to investigate and saw that he had worked up very close to a Great Blue Heron that landed on the bridge railing. It looked like they were getting acquainted. Naturally, I took the opportunity to capture some pictures. This is quite unusual, that such birds stand still long enough to get close. Paul and I walked to a few different spots after this, and all of the herons and egrets we saw flew away if we got very close.

It was great getting acquainted with Paul myself. We exchanged information and will stay in touch. Paul is a fine photographer himself and I look forward seeing more of his photos.

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/320s f/5.3 at 260.0mm iso2500
Because of long focal length and need for wide aperture, area of sharp focus was quite limited. full exif

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Ann02-Nov-2013 16:06
Amazing scene Vern. That doesn't happen very often at all man and heron so close together.
Frank Brault02-Nov-2013 00:07
The type of shot not many will ever have the opportunity to capture. Terrific! V
Jean D01-Nov-2013 23:57
What a terrific experience to get so close to this GBH, Vern. Nice to get a shot of these two together. Well done.
woody3401-Nov-2013 23:33
What a wonderful opportunity ,gave you a great shot...V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)01-Nov-2013 22:56
Nice pair....V
Julie Oldfield01-Nov-2013 22:19
Helen Betts01-Nov-2013 22:01
That really is pretty amazing! Glad you were able to get a capture of this unusual scene.
Brian with an Eye01-Nov-2013 21:59
A doubly interesting encounter for you, Vern.
Sam Rua01-Nov-2013 21:57
Fantastic find, Vern. Almost unbelievable for those familiar with herons' wariness. Heck, I can get the to fly away just by moving my camera to my eye from a mile away. An exaggeration, but you get my point.
Martin Lamoon01-Nov-2013 21:20
Looks a wet day. brilliant to get so close.
John Reynolds01-Nov-2013 20:16
A great opportune capture. V.
Barry Ailetcher01-Nov-2013 19:58
nice capture
Walt 01-Nov-2013 19:47
Really wonderful colors - bird against the trees. Perhaps the blue jacket made the bird think it was a friend come to visit? :)
Laura Milholland01-Nov-2013 18:41
Super, Vern! Great colors and seeing them so close together is a surprise indeed.
Judith Barnett01-Nov-2013 18:19
That is amazing that who was able to approach that Heron so close! That is a one in a million shot!
Kuriacose Joseph01-Nov-2013 16:27
You are right, these birds are usually not this cooperative. :-)
Ed Duverger01-Nov-2013 15:35
That's very close.
Jeannie01-Nov-2013 13:28
amazingly Close
Ruth Voorhis01-Nov-2013 13:27
Great catch, Vern.
Daniel Lamothe01-Nov-2013 13:23
It's as if they are both waiting for something. Very nice compo.
Steve Thuman01-Nov-2013 13:03
Wow, a good moment on both accounts. A new friend and getting that close to a GBH
JSB PHOTOGRAPHS01-Nov-2013 13:00
A blue man, and a blue heron, two for one deal. :)
John Ewing01-Nov-2013 13:00
Two seconds later: bloke runs away, bird stays.
Stephanie01-Nov-2013 12:43
Wow! This is amazing that a heron would allow people to get close to it! Super capture Vern! :)
Hank Vander Velde01-Nov-2013 12:34
Super shot and experience Vern.
Hernan E. Enriquez01-Nov-2013 12:26
Nice shot, they will come to you and steal your bait.
Jack Hoying01-Nov-2013 11:57
A nice moment. Got that close to one near Key West once, but his motive was for me to give him a fish (which I didn't have)
Roger Bailey01-Nov-2013 11:54
Nicely caught, he got quite close.
Bea.01-Nov-2013 10:34
Just lovely. Looks like we have another Heron Whisperer.
graham 01-Nov-2013 09:05
super shot Vern
Irene Wehrli01-Nov-2013 08:50
What a great moment you captured here Vern!
Pauline01-Nov-2013 07:22
Well caught Vern.
Long Bach Nguyen01-Nov-2013 06:56
very nice shot, great clarity on the bird v
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