Close to the Edge by Martin Smart

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WINNER of the On the Edge Challenge in the “Mood & Ambience” Group October 2009

2nd Place in the Bird Nesting Challenge in the Amazing Wildlife Group

2nd Place in the Babies with their Mother Challenge in the Amazing Wildlife Group

3rd Place in the Qualified: 13 Features Challenge in the Featured for a Challenge Group

Featured in “Canon DSLR” October 2009
Featured in “300+ Go Long!” October 2009
Featured in Alphabet Soup" April 2010
Featured in “Made By Nature” October 2010
Featured in “Colour and light” October 2010
Featured in “Your Country’s Best” October 2010
Featured in “Just Pure Nature” October 2010
Featured in “Breathtaking Animals & Plants” October 2010
Featured in “Canadiana” December 2010
Featured in “Amazing Wildlife” December 2010
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” February 2011
Featured in “#1 Artists of RedBubble” February 2011
Featured in “Featured For A Challenge” June 2011
Featured in “The Birds” December 2012

A parent giving advice to a young Great Blue Heron that ventures precariously close to the edge of its nest whilst testing out its underdeveloped wings. Photographed at a heronry on the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Canon 20D
1/2000sec f8 ISO 200

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  • redladyart
    redladyartabout 5 years ago

    What a rare shot! I rarely see baby herons on RB, especially in such a great capture. :)

  • Thanks very much for your comments Sharon, these little guys are really great to watch!

    – Martin Smart

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    awesome capture

  • Thank you Kathy, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    Martin, what size len did you use, was just wondering

  • This was with my Canon 500mm and a 1.4x converter.

    – Martin Smart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Great capture Martin!!

  • Thanks very much Marvin!

    – Martin Smart

  • jadeast
    jadeastabout 5 years ago

    Super capture, very rare view of wildlife!

  • Thank you jadeast, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Kimberly Adams
    Kimberly Adamsabout 5 years ago

    What a beautiful capture of this. Baby is having a really bad hair day! LOL :-)

  • Certainly is in need of some serious grooming!! Thanks so much for your comments Kimberly!

    – Martin Smart

  • Karen Kaleta
    Karen Kaletaabout 5 years ago

    This is the coolest shot. I love it. How long did you have to wait?

  • Hi Karen, thanks so much for your comments! I spent nearly 3 hours taking photographs at this heronry and got this one just over half way through the shoot.

    – Martin Smart

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Great capture. I’ve seen egrets and night herons, but not these as chicks.

  • Thank you very much Bunny!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sylvain33
    Sylvain33about 5 years ago

    Every body have to learn !!!! Good shot Martin !!!

  • Thank you Sylvain, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 5 years ago

    simply amazing. what an unbelievable capture

  • Much appreciate your comments Tallow, thank you!

    – Martin Smart

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