Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. In flight, look for this widespread heron’s tucked-in neck and long legs trailing out behind.

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Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D800
ISO 800
EV -0.33
Pattern Metering
No Flash
550 MM


  • Poete100
    Poete100over 1 year ago

    I saw one of these last night at the pond around 6….I did not have my big lens and he was too far away!!! I love them…love to watch their sneeky ways to get their fish…!!!! Just like Egrets….Great capture Michael!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    Terrific closeup!

    HELUAover 1 year ago

    Wonderful portrait!

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    September 28, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    September 28, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago

    29 September 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 1 year ago

    Awesome side portrait. Look at those eyes!

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    Featured 30 Sep and 1 Oct 2013

    Stunning work!!!

  • jessiejoe
    jessiejoeover 1 year ago


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