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“The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores and England. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and south Florida was once known as a separate species, the Great White Heron.

It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs). Notable features include slaty flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow” Wikipedia

Nikon D300
1/80
F5.6
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
320 MM
Monopod
WB Cloudy

Tags

great blue heron, heron, heronry, mating, nest, trees, wildlife

Comments

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsabout 4 years ago

    Nice pose and inclusion of habitat, feather detail is superb

  • Thank you very much David

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray

    – Michael Cummings

  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentabout 4 years ago

    Nice to get so close!

  • Thanks Dan, it gave me about 10 minutes before it had enough and flew away

    – Michael Cummings

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    Instant FAV Michael. Oh what a shot. He is certainly in his element in this shot.
    Barb

  • Thank you very much Barb

    – Michael Cummings

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoabout 4 years ago

    How Regal!

  • Thank you Jo,

    – Michael Cummings

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerabout 4 years ago

    fabulous!

  • Thanks Tara

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful shot, the Heron looks so gorgeous. I love the composition of this.

  • Thank you very much Zoe

    – Michael Cummings

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 4 years ago

    very nice capture,…

  • Thank you John

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Lovely shot again!

  • Thank you Aunt Dot :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Michael Cummings

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