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"Our Friendly Neighbourhood Heron"

By RonnieAG
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.


Tags: Wildlife Bird Heron Wildlife and nature

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Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
22 Nov 2012 6:40AM
Fabulous close up Ronnie and what a beautifully marked bird, stunning.


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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
22 Nov 2012 7:21AM
What a super shot with super detail Ronnie !! Really a great photo Smile
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
22 Nov 2012 7:24AM
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
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 7:30AM
Wow what a shot, I love seeing these birds.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
22 Nov 2012 7:45AM
We got up one morning to find a Heron standing in our pond..........luckily we only lost one was quite unfazed by us staring in disbelief, sadly no camera to catch the moment............GrinGrinGrinGrin
The watchful eye has decided you don't mean harm.

I'm off out till tomorrow Ronnie.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
22 Nov 2012 7:51AM
What a super portrait and your technique is spot on to retain all the detail in the white plumage.

geffers7 Plus
7 51 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 8:07AM
Really interesting birds to watch at work - nice shot Ronnie.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
22 Nov 2012 8:08AM
Concentrating on other matters RonnieSmile excellent close up!!
22 Nov 2012 8:16AM
Excellent close up Ronnie,
tezquirk 6 27 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 8:38AM
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 .
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 8:53AM
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
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 8:55AM
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
22 Nov 2012 9:13AM
fine close up Ronnie surprised he let you so close great result

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 9:27AM
Terrific eye and feather detail - well captured
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 9:42AM
great close up shot Ronnie, nice lighting.
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
22 Nov 2012 10:01AM
What a stunning close up of this beauty... they don't normally let you get that close.

22 Nov 2012 11:00AM
Superb portrait. I just love this species. Well captured.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 11:28AM
What a fantastic close up of the Heron Ronnie.
The natural b/g setting is good also.
Wonderful detail.
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.
rpba18205 8 1 4 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 11:55AM
Superb image Ronnie.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
22 Nov 2012 12:17PM
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

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
22 Nov 2012 12:24PM
Stunning head and eye details and a great natural background Ronnie, excellent capture.


mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
22 Nov 2012 12:27PM
I would not have went this close Ronnie.
It looks a lethal beak it has !!
Good shot.
9 10 10 England
22 Nov 2012 12:44PM
These guys are OK 'till they discover you've got a fish pond in the garden!!! Good close up and well detailed Ronnie.
Porthos Plus
8 40 1 Northern Ireland
22 Nov 2012 12:58PM
Nice work Ronnie. Super detail...Derek
ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 1:34PM
Superb close up of this wonderful bird.
Fab shot Ronnie. detail is superb !GrinGrin

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
22 Nov 2012 4:25PM
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
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 4:32PM
A shot I would have been proud to take

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

22 Nov 2012 5:41PM
Superb eye contact and details.
22 Nov 2012 6:24PM
Stunning image Ronnie - absolutely first class. Lou
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 6:39PM
Excellent close up with great detail Ronnie!
jdinne 15 16 England
22 Nov 2012 6:48PM
Excellent portrait Ronnie superb detail, very nicely done.

22 Nov 2012 7:15PM
A lovely sharp shot Ronnie, smashing!

John Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Nov 2012 7:42PM
A razor sharp heron profile Ronnie, he sounds as tame as the one on the lake at Riverside Park in Gloucester.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 7:57PM
Another superb image, Ronnie, fills the frame with wonderful detail and colours, pin sharp as well.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 8:18PM
Stunning close up shot Ronnie, terrific detailGrin
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 8:19PM
Wonderful bird capture Ronnie, good composition and detail
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 8:27PM
Excellent shot Ronnie. A superb close up. The only time I got close to one was in a London park.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
22 Nov 2012 8:41PM
Brilliant close up with great detail Smile
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
22 Nov 2012 8:51PM
Wonderful close-up showing excellent detail Ronnie.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 10:51PM
So close, so detailed, so friendly too. Lucky you, Ronnie.
Ayoob 7 Australia
23 Nov 2012 5:56AM
Brilliant clarity and capture, Ronnie...........Grin
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
23 Nov 2012 6:52AM
How delightfull to be able to get up close and personal.
Great work……..

Tibetan 5 3 England
23 Nov 2012 11:43AM
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
23 Nov 2012 9:09PM
Beautifully captured.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2012 3:20PM
Superb portrait Ronnie. Excellent detail and eye contact. Paul
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2012 4:30PM
Cracking shot !!!.....lovely profile, with superb clarity !!!!
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
28 Nov 2012 12:54PM
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.


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