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Here's one more image of a heron that I photographed last weekend. After making several close portraits, I backed up to get a few full-length shots. A very cooperative bird!
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My first visit to the Viera Wetlands and found this Tricolored Heron walking and searching for food. You can see this and more on my website www.les-greenwood.pixels.com
The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but some populations from the more northern parts migrate southwards in autumn. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows.
Standing up to a metre tall, adults weigh from 1 to 2 kg (2.2 to 4.4 lb). They have a white head and neck with a broad black stripe that extends from the eye to the black crest. The body and wings are grey above and the underparts are greyish-white, with some black on the flanks. The long, sharply pointed beak is pinkish-yellow and the legs are brown.
The birds breed colonially in spring in "heronries", usually building their nests high in trees. A clutch of usually three to five bluish-green eggs is laid. Both birds incubate the eggs for a period of about 25 days, and then both feed the chicks, which fledge when seven or eight weeks old. Many juveniles do not survive their first winter, but if they do, they can expect to live for about five years.
In Ancient Egypt, the deity Bennu was depicted as a heron in New Kingdom artwork. In Ancient Rome, the heron was a bird of divination. Roast heron was once a specially-prized dish; when George Neville became Archbishop of York in 1465, four hundred herons were served to the guests.
source - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_heron
Spent the day birding yesterday with my bff Marty and fellow flickr friend Kim (k mentzel) and had a really great time.
Started off at Coyote Hills for the White-faces Ibis in breeding plumage and then visited all the east bay parks (well most) the tide was really low, next time I'll have to check the tide charts.
I'm not one for getting down on the ground, but when we saw this Heron standing behind this hill of colorful ice plant I layed down on it to get the color in the foreground...reminds me of a Monet painting!...:)
One from last spring when I saw my first heron rookery. We saw the little ones a few times but not when they at the age where they moved around much. Mom bear with 2 cubs kept us from taking the small path in for long.
Keeping with an unintentional bird theme here, this blue heron was clearly more concerned with getting his dinner than he was with the pushy photographer taking his picture. We get to see lots of blue herons at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville, Montana, but usually not this close.
Kamera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Belichtung 0,003 sec (1/400)
Brennweite 500 mm
Yesterday, I was able to get unusually close to a great blue heron. I ended up taking nearly 100 photos of the single bird as I pursued it around a small pond. Here are a few of them.
Another rare visitor to Southeast Michigan and another first for us. Our day was over and we were on our way back to the car when I spotted this heron wading in the water.I didn't have any idea what it was because I never saw one before. I took about 50 shots of this heron just to be sure I didn't screw it up. These "Little Blue Herons" stand about 24 inches tall and have a wingspan of 40 inches. Needless to say Doris and I were very happy when we got back to the car,it made a great end to a day that was not very productive.
Heron fishing at Far Ings. It caught at nearly every strike notice the fish in its beak.
Yesterday, this heron caught an eel, and swallowed it down, still wriggling, while we watched. Today, I had my camera, but no eel!
Great Blue Heron Everglades, USA.
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