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Great Blue Herons in their treetop nest high above the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park in Homosassa Springs, Florida.
(See info below)

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens
1/500s, f/8.0, ISO 100, focal length 250.0mm
Cropped heavily and treated in Picasa3.9

FEATURED in Absolute Clarity, March 28, 2012

My original photo

From National Geographic online:
GREAT BLUE HERON (Ardea herodias)
The tall, long-legged great blue heron is the most common and largest of North American herons. Great blue herons 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. Great blue herons have been known to choke to death by attempting to swallow fish too large for their long, S-shaped necks. Though they are best known as fishers, mice constitute a large part of their diet, and they also eat insects and other small creatures.

Great blue herons’ size (3.2 to 4.5 feet/1 to 1.4 meters) and wide wingspan (5.5 to 6.6 feet/1.7 to 2 meters) make them a joy to see in flight. They can cruise at some 20 to 30 miles (32 to 48 kilometers) an hour.

Though great blue herons hunt alone, they typically nest in colonies. They prefer tall trees, but sometimes nest in low shrubs. Females produce two to seven eggs, which both parents protect and incubate. Chicks can survive on their own by about two months of age.

The all-white color morph found in the Caribbean and southern Florida is often called the great white heron, but it is in fact the same species

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birds, nest, nesting birds, heron, great blue heron, blue heron, homosassa, wildlife, wildlife park, wading bird, waterfowl

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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Comments

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonover 2 years ago

    Sweet shot!!!

  • Thanks for the visit and the comment, Monte!

    – AuntDot

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithover 2 years ago

    Awesome Dot!! Beautiful!!

  • Glad you like it, Keith. Thank you!

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 2 years ago

    Cool action capture, Dot!

  • Thank you, Monnie!

    – AuntDot

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 2 years ago

    Great capture and action.

  • Thanks, Rosie. Wasn’t sure this would come out…it was pretty far up and I had to crop a lot.

    – AuntDot

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    That sure does look like a crowd Dot, lovely capture and lighting.

  • LOL You can’t miss that third long neck. Thank you, Andrea!

    – AuntDot

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Great spot AuntDot.

  • Thanks DG. Much appreciated!

    – AuntDot

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Sweet!

  • Thank you, Judy!

    – AuntDot

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    this is gorgeous !!! wow!

  • Grazie mille, Guendalyn! I’m so glad you like it!

    – AuntDot

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    What a great shot! I have one here but he doesn’t stay still for photos! So, I can really appreciate you capturing more than one! Great photography!!

  • I think it’s easier when they are in a nest, but the nest is so high up you do need a long lens. I still had to crop the photo heavily!

    – AuntDot

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    I know what you mean. I have been dreaming of a 500mm forever…Husbands…hint, hint :)
    Still an incredible shot, I like that you can see their nests!

  • I think I’ll add the original photo above so you can see what I started with. I don’t know if my hands would be steady enough for a 500mm! LOL

    – AuntDot

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