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This heron allowed me to approach to about 6 feet away and seemed quite unfazed.
The black streaks are reflections of tree trunks on the pond surface.

My thanks to all who commented on Caught On Camera and many thanks for the ID.

Ronnie.

Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon DX 18-200mm.
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:170mm.
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No
White Balance:Auto
Title:"Our Friendly Neighbourhood Heron"
Username:RonnieAG RonnieAG
Uploaded:22 Nov 2012 - 6:13 AM
Tags:Bird, Heron, Wildlife / nature, Wildlife.
Votes:Voting Disabled

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 6:40 AM

Fabulous close up Ronnie and what a beautifully marked bird, stunning.

Andy

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
22 Nov 2012 - 7:21 AM

What a super shot with super detail Ronnie !! Really a great photo Smile

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 7:24 AM

About sixty feet plus is the best I have managed and this shows in the detail and sharpness of this very impressive image Ronnie. - gary

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 7:30 AM

Wow what a shot, I love seeing these birds.

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 7:45 AM

We got up one morning to find a Heron standing in our pond..........luckily we only lost one fish.........it was quite unfazed by us staring in disbelief, sadly no camera to catch the moment............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 7:50 AM

The watchful eye has decided you don't mean harm.

I'm off out till tomorrow Ronnie.

Dougie

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 7:51 AM

What a super portrait and your technique is spot on to retain all the detail in the white plumage.

Albert

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geffers7
geffers7 e2 Member 333 forum postsgeffers7 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 8:07 AM

Really interesting birds to watch at work - nice shot Ronnie.
Geoff

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rontear
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22 Nov 2012 - 8:08 AM

Concentrating on other matters RonnieSmile excellent close up!!
Ron.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
22 Nov 2012 - 8:16 AM

Excellent close up Ronnie,
Fred.

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tezquirk
tezquirk  227 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 - 8:38 AM

Another great close up Ronnie , You must be related to the Pink Panther Ronnie , Because i cant get within a 100ft of these bird's without setting off the alarms . SmileSmileWink Well done .
Tez..

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 8:53 AM

they do have a kinda evil look in their eyes to me
I wouldnt want to be a fish thats for sure..
great capture from you

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 8:55 AM

That is a most impressive shot Ronnie
one any of us would be proud to have in their Port Folio
great eye contact and feather detail
well captured
Lillian

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digital_boi
22 Nov 2012 - 9:13 AM

fine close up Ronnie surprised he let you so close great result

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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CaroleS
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22 Nov 2012 - 9:27 AM

Terrific eye and feather detail - well captured
Carole

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 9:42 AM

great close up shot Ronnie, nice lighting.
regards
Yung

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7101 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 10:01 AM

What a stunning close up of this beauty... they don't normally let you get that close.

Trev

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 - 11:00 AM

Superb portrait. I just love this species. Well captured.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 11:28 AM

What a fantastic close up of the Heron Ronnie.
The natural b/g setting is good also.
Wonderful detail.
KateGrinGrinGrin
P.S. without knowing you've helped my daughter CLARECUM with her first
flower images. She is a florist in Australia and has just bought her first SLR - so all help
will be most welcome.

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 11:55 AM

Superb image Ronnie.

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 12:17 PM

Great portrait with super details. have to say, we don't believe in "friendly neighbourhood Herons" aroung this place. Hads a lot to do with a pond full of fish! Grin

Ann

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achieverswales
22 Nov 2012 - 12:24 PM

Stunning head and eye details and a great natural background Ronnie, excellent capture.


Regards

Trev.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 12:27 PM

I would not have went this close Ronnie.
It looks a lethal beak it has !!
Good shot.
Mick.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 12:44 PM

These guys are OK 'till they discover you've got a fish pond in the garden!!! Good close up and well detailed Ronnie.
Joan.

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Porthos
Porthos  4 Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 12:58 PM

Nice work Ronnie. Super detail...Derek

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ValSaxby
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22 Nov 2012 - 1:34 PM

Superb close up of this wonderful bird.

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mashwood10
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22 Nov 2012 - 1:44 PM

Fab shot Ronnie. detail is superb !GrinGrin

Pam

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 4:25 PM

Think you've found a good friend here, Ronnie! Wink What a super close-up, you'll have get him to pose more often for you! Smile
Trev Smile

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tomcat
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22 Nov 2012 - 4:32 PM

A shot I would have been proud to take

Adrian

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JohnChambersPhotography

Could do a lot of dmage with that beak Ronnie, you did well to get that close, good detail well captured.

John

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Cliff1944
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22 Nov 2012 - 5:41 PM

Superb eye contact and details.
Cliff

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Louise_Morris
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22 Nov 2012 - 6:24 PM

Stunning image Ronnie - absolutely first class. Lou

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AnnChown
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22 Nov 2012 - 6:39 PM

Excellent close up with great detail Ronnie!
Ann

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
22 Nov 2012 - 6:48 PM

Excellent portrait Ronnie superb detail, very nicely done.

John

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lifesnapper
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22 Nov 2012 - 7:15 PM

A lovely sharp shot Ronnie, smashing!

John Smile

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Glostopcat
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22 Nov 2012 - 7:42 PM

A razor sharp heron profile Ronnie, he sounds as tame as the one on the lake at Riverside Park in Gloucester.

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carper123
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22 Nov 2012 - 7:57 PM

Another superb image, Ronnie, fills the frame with wonderful detail and colours, pin sharp as well.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmile

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22 Nov 2012 - 8:18 PM

Stunning close up shot Ronnie, terrific detailGrin
Diane

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22 Nov 2012 - 8:19 PM

Wonderful bird capture Ronnie, good composition and detail
David

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Billyray
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22 Nov 2012 - 8:27 PM

Excellent shot Ronnie. A superb close up. The only time I got close to one was in a London park.
Ray

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netta1234
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22 Nov 2012 - 8:41 PM

Brilliant close up with great detail Smile
NettaSmile

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22 Nov 2012 - 8:51 PM

Wonderful close-up showing excellent detail Ronnie.
Brian.

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22 Nov 2012 - 10:51 PM

So close, so detailed, so friendly too. Lucky you, Ronnie.

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23 Nov 2012 - 5:56 AM

Brilliant clarity and capture, Ronnie...........Grin

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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 6:52 AM

How delightfull to be able to get up close and personal.
Great work……..

Jocelia…...

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
23 Nov 2012 - 11:43 AM

Why do I get the feeling Ronnie, you are telling the truth lol. how friendly can you get, love it best one yet, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Seariel
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23 Nov 2012 - 9:09 PM

Beautifully captured.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2012 - 3:20 PM

Superb portrait Ronnie. Excellent detail and eye contact. Paul

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Niknut
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25 Nov 2012 - 4:30 PM

Cracking shot !!!.....lovely profile, with superb clarity !!!!

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AnneWorner
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28 Nov 2012 - 12:54 PM

As quickly as they fly off - I think surely that he knew you were no match for him - I recently saw a grey heron up by our lake - I seldom take images of birds as I don't have a long lens, but in this instance too, the heron let me take some shots before he flew off quickly and gracefully. I was not ready for him in the air Sad so probably missed the best shot of the day!

The detail here is excellent and focus on the all important eye is spot on.

Anne

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