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Featured in The World As We See It Nov 2010

Photographed at Conowingo Dam in Northern Maryland while looking for Eagles.

The Great Blue Heron is also referred to as a Crane or a Blue Crane. It maintains a year round population in most of the United States as well as up the western coast of Canada. In southern Canada and some northern parts of the United States, it will migrate south during the winter, down into Central America.

Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens

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  • Gayle Dolinger
    Gayle Dolingerover 3 years ago

    I have to get back there! Good shot!

  • Thanks Gayle

    – Monte Morton

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful, mind me asking what sort of settings and set up you used? I have a date next week w/ a couple Master Falconers and they have 3 rare Speckled Owls and a slew of other Harris’ Hawks and other Birds of Prey. I have almost zero experience shooting birds in flight. I’m supper excited about the Owls. Apparently they are extremely rare and only a handful in captivity. So, I don’t want to miss this opportunity. Cheers!

  • Thanks Joe. I go there on Sunday mornings so most of the time it’s set for my son’s football game from Friday night at ISO os 1600 or 3200 and on rapid fire. I always forget to reset my settings. I pan with the birds and many are blurry but some come out great. This one I tweaked in Photomatix Pro…single shot done 3 times at 2.5. This brings out the true color of the feathers.

    – Monte Morton

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesover 3 years ago

    Great shot, Monte!

  • Thanks

    – Monte Morton

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Make that spotted owl, I guess he said, Not a huge owl fan as you can tell. (sheepish grin)

  • I have never seen an Owl in the wild and I grew up in the Adirondacks. Best of luck to you Joe!

    – Monte Morton

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 3 years ago

    beautiful shot Monte. They is a local person setting up photography tours at Conowingo Dam. It sounds like a great place but the 7 or 8 hour drive is a bit much. Where there a lot of eagles at the Däm? If so, did they fly close to you?

  • They are everywhere Dave. Last year this time a guy told me that there were over a 100 one day. I saw around 50 on Sunday. Call me (410-920-9902) if you come down and I will try to make it over there. I live just north about 20 minutes.

    – Monte Morton

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Thanks! They actually have 3 Speckled Hawk Owls in captivity they use for Falconry. An amazing find for me. I spent the other day out “hunting” with them and their 4 Harris’ Hawks. One photo made it to my Rb site. I am excited. Apparently Nat. Geo. came for a visit recently and the photog said he has never had the chance to photograph these particular owls and traveled from somewhere in Montana to do so for a story. I plan on getting all the details next Monday.

  • Sounds exciting and wish I was along with you. Can’t wait to see the pic’s.

    – Monte Morton

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 3 years ago

    wow!! 20 minutes away would be amazing. Eagles in your area are as common as gulls in my area :-)……… I would prefer the eagles

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful details Monte!! very striking!!

  • Thank you Kate

    – Monte Morton

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful look at the detail in those wings. You gat the feeling of him gliding : )

  • Thanks Karen

    – Monte Morton

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – Monte Morton

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