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My BÍte Noire

By LynneJoyce  
As I have observed in many comments I have made on EPZ Heron posts, these beasties have always been my bÍte noire, and I said as much when I was staying with Lillian in Surrey. So she took me to the local farm shop/deli where she was sure that this character would be willing to cooperate.

BINGO! Not only did I get some decent standard shots, but in versions 2, 3, 4 & 5 I got some wing action and shaking shots.

Many thanks to Lillian for taking me to this location and introducing me to her leggy mate here, and even more thanks to the heron for his/her cooperation.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like some of them.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: CarolG, MoragM, annettep38 and 86 more

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CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
2 Aug 2012 6:19AM
A superb set, Lynne. Carol

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MoragM 6 1 Scotland
2 Aug 2012 6:38AM
Gosh Lynne, what a truly marvellous set of pics! The heron is one of my favouite birds
and you have caputured him superbly. V 4 & 5 gets the vote.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
2 Aug 2012 6:52AM
well done great they pose and performed for you. You had a great success here. no 5 (I think is my favourite with that scruffy look Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 7:07AM
Yes, I like the scruffy look too!
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 7:07AM
Wonderful set of images... V3 is the winner! for sure... Lovely images... IB
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
2 Aug 2012 7:10AM
A very special set like them all and cannot really pick one out as the best of the bunch.

Ray42 8 3 England
2 Aug 2012 7:15AM
A great set Lynne - v3 is my favourite showing the wings off very nicely
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 7:28AM
These are the shots I can only dream of. What a super fella and he looked like he was enjoying posing for you.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 7:41AM
You did so well Lynne, no wonder you were so pleased
and the ones with movement are brilliant shots especially V5
That bird has never let me down..always there when I take people far!
Fantastic set
7 10 10 England
2 Aug 2012 7:43AM
You should thank the heron for shaking it all about - V4 & V5 are superb Lynne. A very nice set.
2 Aug 2012 7:51AM
Fantastic composition..........great set..........SmileSmile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 7:52AM
Remind me to buy it some upmarket fish from the deli next time I visit Lillian!
moiral 6 12 Scotland
2 Aug 2012 7:55AM
Brilliant set of shots Lynne. V3-5 did make me laugh, and V2 - just makes me think of the film 'Karate Kid'.
No frame this morning as busy and have not had a chance to try it yet. Only opened the email yesterday night - but will try one for tomorrow Grin. Moira
Such patient birds and hunters, when disturbed the fly off with such a languid style, nothing like V4 which is a Heron in a frenzy. Great image and so different from the haughty standardview we have of this bird.

Tibetan 4 3 England
2 Aug 2012 8:06AM
Brilliant set of photo's pleased to see the static ones you have used the one third two thirds method! no wonder you are pleased like them all regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
2 Aug 2012 8:24AM
Birthday, Christmas and Easter all rolled into one!Grin. Lovely set, Lynne. v1 is the perfect lead, excellent presentation. v4 has the humour and v5 are my top 3.

PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 8:30AM
Great set of the Heron. Love 3,4,5. The ruffled feathers are bril. paul
2 Aug 2012 8:43AM
fabulous work as ever.
4 & 5 amused ...Wink
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
2 Aug 2012 8:55AM
The Yorkshire Bird Lady has surpassed herself with this superb work !

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 9:05AM
These are extremely pleasing and the presentation is excellent.
I have to say that V4 and V5 are my favourites: more a comment about me than the heron, I know Tongue
A very enjoyable series of great photos.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 9:12AM
V4 and V5 have had us in stitches. Lovely set, of my favourite bird.
2 Aug 2012 9:29AM
fine set of captures here Lynne all excellent V5 stands out as a bit of a bad hair day

great set

xwang 7 55 8
2 Aug 2012 9:34AM
A really superb set,Lynne.Excellentlly captured image, beautiful colour and detail..
I had a look a few of my lucky shots of this kind of bird in Vienna. Miles aways form yours.. you put me off now..Grin. Nice day to you.Wink
UrbaneMagick 4 172 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 10:23AM
thats a cracker Lynne.
the one bird to me that seems like it should never be able to fly!!
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
2 Aug 2012 10:36AM
V5 made me laugh aloud! Such a wonderful set but for me, it's V1 with that touch of the Oriental painting to it in its simplicity. Congratulations of those awards. You'd have mine to if I still had one to give this morning!

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
2 Aug 2012 10:36AM
What a brilliant set, Lynne! Smile Ten super images here, but think V5 has to be my fave, just like the way he's posing for the camera - and all fluffed up! Wink
Trev Smile
strokebloke 7 493 17 England
2 Aug 2012 11:04AM
Wonderful Lynne. One and all. I do particularly like the flight shots and the 'fluffed-up' ones too.
Splendid. You should be satisfyingly, if slightly smugly, proud of your achievements. Very well done.
Worth many more than one vote, however ...........
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
2 Aug 2012 11:07AM
Stunning quality set Lynne, the clarity and detail on the feathers is first class, my choice if I had to choose would be V2 followed by V3.


Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 11:11AM
These are wonderful Lynne. V4 & V5 are quite comical
and I've never seen a heron like that before!
This bird has beautiful markings so pat yourself on the back
for a superb set.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 11:44AM
A really superb set of high quality photographs depicting this gorgeous Heron,each image is bursting with natural colours, detail and warming light.

Regards Nathan
2 Aug 2012 12:06PM
A wonderful set.
An excellent set.
You are lucky to have such a poseur
ringyneck 9 315 18 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 12:27PM
Fantastic set.....might be co-operative but still needs skill to get 'em.

Love No 4 ...even more scruffy than mine.

mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
2 Aug 2012 12:38PM
Had to Google Bete Noire Lynne and discovered she is not a French Dancer or something.However we still have plenty leg and feathers on show here with some nice balletic poses.Not sure if V4 is part of her routine though. I think she is having a little break while the wind section is playing its part.V5 confirms this with her more relaxed and graceful pose.She spends the next five uploads sitting on the post waiting on the rest of the orchestra to join back in until she finally loses patience and starts conducting it back in for V3 !!
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
2 Aug 2012 1:01PM
A most perfect set of images, I bet it was a hard choice deciding the lead image. - gary
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
2 Aug 2012 2:18PM
Pictures of leggy birds conjures up another type of image than these you have presented for us here Lynne. Congrts. on getting this one ticked on the 'to do' list.Smile
Have to say I am drawn to v3 for the displaying pose and the very bad hair day in V5.

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 2:52PM
Like many others before me, I think v4 and v5 are wonderful for those random feathers flying everywhere. I'm glad you finally found a willing model.
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
2 Aug 2012 4:15PM
All of them a gem. Beautiful. I love V4 for the quirkiness.
bagman 5 65 United States
2 Aug 2012 4:32PM
Really superb set of excellent images ,lynne. Beautiful and detail pieces of work.
I just wish i could capture something this good of them. I would even take just plain luck
because they all ways fly before i get close to them. wonderfully done lynne.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 5:08PM
v3,4 and 5 for me - a fantastic set - and well deserved awards SmileSmileSmile
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
2 Aug 2012 5:27PM
Outstanding--- wonder if I could get Lilian to take me to her lunch spot! Splendid set!
carper123 Plus
4 927 8 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 6:58PM
Hi Lynne, absolutely awesome set of images, as good as it gets and would grace any nature magazine, adore v4 and v5 brilliant
well done
Darryl x SmileSmileSmileSmile
Great set of images Lynne. V1 my favourite. Very well done!

pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 7:18PM
That was pretty clever of me to put in a post with nothing on it, normally would not be allowed is that an omen! I haven't seen a heron in ages well not close enough to get a photo - great set I am going with V5 love it
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 7:19PM
O it took my comment and swallowed it up SmileGrinGrinGrinGrin
2 Aug 2012 7:40PM
The whole set are spot on well done

1881 4 India
2 Aug 2012 8:03PM
Vary good work.
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pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 8:47PM
A beautiful set of images Lynne, V1 for me, Peter..
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 9:11PM
Top class Lynne have another well deserved award love V4 and 5Wink
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Aug 2012 10:04PM
What a poser Lynne, this fella is definitely playing up to the camera!
GarrathE 8 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 10:41PM
It's got to be v4 for me!
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2012 7:12AM
Amazing set Lynne, all such great shots. My personal favourites are V1 and V5.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2012 7:24AM
Wow! I have never had so many user awards, thank you guys. BÍte Noire no longer!
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
3 Aug 2012 8:20AM
A superb set ogf images

Ayoob 5 Australia
3 Aug 2012 8:24AM
Another great set of images , Lynne -very well done........Grin
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2012 8:28AM
Congratulations here on all the very well deserved awards Lynne
jonwebber 8 4 1 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2012 2:24PM
You grabbed this opportunity with both hands. Well done, especially V4.
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2012 4:30PM
What a superb set Lynne. Each one deserving an upload of their own. I looked at these and thought 'If only I could get a set like this one', They are terrific.
lesliea 7 2 Australia
4 Aug 2012 7:07AM
Beautiful sets of images well captured.
Allen, Smile
ChiliMan 10 135 17 Singapore
4 Aug 2012 9:47AM
I just gave out my award but if not, this upload would get it in a heartbeat. I wish I could give you mine tomorrow Sad

Ammmaaazing shots of your anathema, Lynne. My favourites are a running trio from 3 - 5 Grin

And nice one, Lillian, for taking Lynne there Smile

gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 3:59PM
These images are just splendid Lynne, very well captured and worthy of all the accolades!
5 Aug 2012 4:54PM
Do the Purple Heron knows , he became a celebrity ? A fantastic series.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1833 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 5:43PM
I found each and every one of these stunning, Lynne, no wonder they have received so many awardsTongue!!!
8 Aug 2012 8:32AM
stunning series
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
8 Aug 2012 12:13PM
A set to die for. Outstanding photography.
8 Aug 2012 8:57PM
Superb set Lynn, every single one a belter!
howdog Plus
8 25 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 9:53AM
Wow what a set of fantastic photographySmile
BydoR9 5 6 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 9:21AM
Great set! Like number 1 and 6 best, but all very good! Smile

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