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Great Blue Herons - finally some decent shots!
Lens: DA* 60-250mm f4 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Boundary Bay, Delta, BC, Canada 
Posted By: kcmadr, 03-27-2013, 07:31 PM

On Monday, March 18th, I had some time off work for some appointments. When that was all said and done I grabbed my camera bag and took a drive to a local spot good for birds. We go there often on weekends, but during the week it's dead quiet in terms of traffic and people - all the ingredients for a peaceful and successful effort shooting some Great Blue Herons. Now I am by no means a terribly good bird photographer - in fact my images are not even in the category of "worth sharing". However, this time I was so lucky, that I managed to capture many good shots. In all I took 82 shots of which I processed 52. Too many duplicates, so I took the best only to show here, and while I know it's a lot of images (18), I feel they showcase some of the nuances of the great bird! These are all reduced size. If you want to see the full size ones, please check them out on my Flickr account and Right Click-> Original.



































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03-27-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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And the other 9 here:


































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I think you just accelerated to the "very good" class of shooting birds, even the BIF's are great. These are all wonderful photos, thanks for sharing your success with us.
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Great shots. That one must have been a pet for you to get that close.

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These are incredible. Your quiet state of mind and the solitude of place really shines through. What a gorgeous bird and so well photographed. Congrats and thank you for sharing!
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Congratulations those are some excellent shots indeed - sharp and detailed.
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I think you just accelerated to the "very good" class of shooting birds, even the BIF's are great. These are all wonderful photos, thanks for sharing your success with us.
Thank you. I'm still quite chuffed with the day's events.

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Great shots. That one must have been a pet for you to get that close.
Thanks Tim. I was more and more surprised the closer I got. Eventually enough was enough and the bird took off, but I got unexpectedly close.


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These are incredible.
Thanks Tess!

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Your quiet state of mind and the solitude of place really shines through.
Well, I'm glad you can read that from the series because that is indeed how it felt. I am also, in general, a pretty calm creature. More thoughtful/contemplative than flighty and impulsive.

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What a gorgeous bird and so well photographed. Congrats and thank you for sharing!
Yes, the Great Blue Heron is quite a graceful and elegant bird. I just wish it had a call to suit.

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Congratulations those are some excellent shots indeed - sharp and detailed.
Thanks Dave. These are by far my best wildlife shots ever.
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Something about that stone bridge - this wasn't shot in Stanley Park, by chance? Exceptional shots, btw.

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Great set . #4 reminded me of a stealth bomber.
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What a great series of shots. Well done. I have never seen a GBH cruising a road before. You should be really pleased with this whole series.
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Excellent series
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Something about that stone bridge - this wasn't shot in Stanley Park, by chance? Exceptional shots, btw.
Hi Jack. Thanks for the comment. This was shot near Boundary Bay airport close to Tsawwassen. Stanley Park is too busy I think to get this lucky with the herons.

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Great set . #4 reminded me of a stealth bomber.
Thanks Den. Now that you mention it it does look a bit like a spacecraft.

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What a great series of shots. Well done. I have never seen a GBH cruising a road before. You should be really pleased with this whole series.
Thank you Susan. Yes I am well pleased with this series.

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Excellent series
Thank you Bruce.
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Wow, I'm jealous. We watched one at the refuge yesterday, but could never get close enough to get the kind of shots you did. Well done!
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You did well to get so close.
The last one is spot on and my favourite.
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Wow, I'm jealous. We watched one at the refuge yesterday, but could never get close enough to get the kind of shots you did. Well done!
Thank you. It was wonderful that the heron didn't startle easily. We have to play our part as well and not be scary.

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You did well to get so close.
The last one is spot on and my favourite.
Thank you. It was a wonderful experience.
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