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Featured in “The Birds” June 2010

A young Great Blue Heron on the nest with mother and sibling pecks its mothers head whilst its sibling watches expectantly for a reaction.

Photographed on the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Canon 20D
1/640sec f7.1 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter


birds nest, british columbia, great blue heron chick, heronry, wading bird

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    What a sweet capture Martin. Excellent work and catch.

  • Thank you so much Bunny, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 4 years ago

    Amazingly Beautiful, Martin!!

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment Gail, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 4 years ago

    Awe,…adorable interaction between mommy and her babies! Lovely work! : )

  • Thank you so much Sandy!

    – Martin Smart

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikabout 4 years ago

    What an amazing capture of such beautiful birds – now I know what the young look like – they are pretty cute!

  • They are indeed very cute Rose, thank you very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47about 4 years ago

    Lovely photo.

  • Thank you so much Eeva!

    – Martin Smart

  • Themis
    Themisabout 4 years ago

    If anyone has any doubts that birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs, here is one proof :-) Excellent take – and that peck better be ‘loving’, as they can easily poke mum’s eye out with those beaks!

  • Lol, an additional hazard for the parents to contend with I guess!! Thanks very much for your comments Themis, appreciated as always!

    – Martin Smart

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 4 years ago

    Nature at it’s best, well done Martin!!

  • Many thanks for your comments Macky, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Such an elegant and meaningful image.

  • Many thanks Lee-Anne, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchabout 4 years ago

    Just brilliant great shot

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment Deerhunter!

    – Martin Smart

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterabout 4 years ago

    Terrific shot Martin, they are so big now.

  • Thanks very much Pam!

    – Martin Smart

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