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The Grey Heron (ardea cinerea)
Caught this Heron a few days back on one of the warmer days that we had;so warm in fact that the bird appeared to be panting as if to cool down. It was then that I noticed the very long tongue that he has. Never seen it so obvious before.Herons, one of our largest native birds, have always attracted me and I hope you will like this one.

As always, many appreciative and grateful thanks for the c/c's on the Dabchick and particular thanks to Jennn (Taggart) for the UA.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:500.0 mm f/4.0 + 1.4 TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Aug 2012 - 1:37 PM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Old Bill
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:29 Aug 2012 - 4:28 PM
Tags:Birds, Nature, Water, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:73

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6534 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 4:33 PM

A very impressive image. - gary

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 4:37 PM

A superbly timed capture, Ron, love the tongueSmile Carol

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 - 4:42 PM

Nicely captured.

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CaroleS
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29 Aug 2012 - 4:45 PM

Very well timed capture.Smile
Carole

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Badgerfred
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29 Aug 2012 - 4:47 PM

Excellent Ron, nice timing, love the detail,
Fred.

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2253 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 4:56 PM

We had a Heron stood in our pond one morning..........stupidly we forgot to put the net across and the Heron took advantage........lost one fish........so lucky really.......but I hold no grudges, still like the heron...........GrinGrinGrinGrin

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 5:01 PM

A fine shot of this open mouthed (or open beaked) heron, Ron, captured in profile and in great detail.
Ronnie.

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 5:06 PM

Cracking capture Ron, superb detail , great natural setting.

Glyn

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howdog
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29 Aug 2012 - 5:17 PM

My mouth fell open like the heron! Wow what a stunning shot,fine work RonSmile
Iain

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Greyheron
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29 Aug 2012 - 6:01 PM

Lovely capture Ron Wink

Mike

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 6:15 PM


Quote: We had a Heron stood in our pond one morning..........stupidly we forgot to put the net across and the Heron took advantage........lost one fish........so lucky really.......but I hold no grudges, still like the heron...........GrinGrinGrinGrin

Takes the biscuit Ron. The Guest Editor really saying what they like about this fine capture.
They failed to say great timing, exposure and detail and dof spot on.
So thought i'd say it as it makes sense to comment on the photo rather than something completely different.
Great morning, next time we'll get that dam Kingfisher hopefully
Richard

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 6:25 PM

So Moss has saved me from a critique--- Seeing the tongue gives the heron a whole new personality!

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pluckyfilly
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29 Aug 2012 - 7:01 PM

smashing capture Ron

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 7:04 PM

did you get to see the wryneck?

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 7:34 PM

Wonderful study of a Grey heron and I very much admire the dropped shadow framing, very stylish and fully compliments the image.


Ray

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 7:52 PM

Cracking capture and comp, Ron. Superb detail,right down to the tongue and timed to perfection.
Sylvia

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Ade_Osman
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29 Aug 2012 - 8:01 PM

700mm.....Crikey Wink

Well done Ron.

Ade

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johnjo58
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29 Aug 2012 - 8:08 PM

One of your best Ron, wonderful composition light and detail
David

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Lillian
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29 Aug 2012 - 9:29 PM

Unbelievable shot Ron, This has to be one of the very best Heron images and what a mouth!!!
and no awards??? what's up folksSad
have mine with pleasure for a 1st class shot
Lillian

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DannoM
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29 Aug 2012 - 10:07 PM

up there with the best, great timing!
dan

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fentiger
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30 Aug 2012 - 7:58 AM

Where I come from a heron is known as Ole Frank. A fine detailed and well composed capture here.

Albert

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barbarahirst
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30 Aug 2012 - 7:59 AM

fancy capturing that tongue

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franken
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30 Aug 2012 - 8:08 AM

A really impressive wildlife shot here Ron.

Ken

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Maiwand
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30 Aug 2012 - 8:21 AM

Thanks so very much for all the kind and interesting comments and particular thanks to Lillian for her generous UA.
Ron

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FeatherFriend
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30 Aug 2012 - 10:45 AM

Superb detail and pose captured Ron, love the tongue.....not seen that before Smile
Geoff.

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Joline
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30 Aug 2012 - 1:12 PM

This is a most unique capture....and a fine one.

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johnjones
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30 Aug 2012 - 6:16 PM

What a cracking shot great detail.
jj

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Glostopcat
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30 Aug 2012 - 8:48 PM

A terrific shot of the heron Ron, the detail in the plumage is sublime and it is most unusual to see him/her with tongue hanging out.

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bricurtis
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30 Aug 2012 - 9:52 PM

Excellent capture Ron - never seen a Herons tongue before.
Brian.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 10:27 PM

superb shot and tongue as well great timing. paul

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Maiwand
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30 Aug 2012 - 10:36 PM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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NeilWigan
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30 Aug 2012 - 11:04 PM

Thats a good un Ron and different from the norm.

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elainebaker
30 Aug 2012 - 11:45 PM

Excellent Smile

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Mavis
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31 Aug 2012 - 1:22 PM

A fine image of a Heron Ron. I don't seem able to catch one these days

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31 Aug 2012 - 7:41 PM

Great shot Ron. Very good detail.

Jane

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UrbaneMagick
31 Aug 2012 - 10:44 PM

I do think that you have one of the very best "wildlife" portfolios on here..your "love in the mist" permanantly stays in the mind.

Gareth

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1 Sep 2012 - 10:05 AM

stunning shot

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eosfotoP  2 Belgium
1 Sep 2012 - 10:09 AM

right moment !

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A Booth
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1 Sep 2012 - 10:34 AM

superb detail in a well captured image.the mouth detail excellent.

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Maiwand
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1 Sep 2012 - 4:29 PM

Thanks all.
Ron

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2012 - 9:32 PM

'Super Color, Clarity, & image frame Compo!' ~ Peter Smile

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1 Sep 2012 - 11:10 PM

fantastic shot

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2 Sep 2012 - 10:12 AM

First class all the way Ron ...Bill

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2 Sep 2012 - 10:59 AM

How could I miss this charming, beautiful shot!
Well taken and I like the title.

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2 Sep 2012 - 1:13 PM

An extremely impressive image, which you have captured the very best from this rather fine specimen. Great pose, stunning photograph.

Regards Nathan

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2 Sep 2012 - 9:09 PM

Nothing but the best from you Ron, top notch.
Brian

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1881
1881  2 India
3 Sep 2012 - 6:23 PM

Really nice work.


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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 7:43 AM


Quote: 700mm.....Crikey Wink

Well done Ron.

Ade

My thoughts too Ron - but a perfectly well timed shot as well

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4 Sep 2012 - 3:22 PM

Thanks all.
Ron

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 10:11 PM

Lovely detail and clarity Ron.............

Tony.

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