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The Heron

By Maiwand
Heron ( ardea cineria)
Grey herons are large, striking birds often spotted standing motionless at the water's edge. Having found a suitable location, herons stand and wait patiently for the right moment to stab passing prey with their dagger-like beaks. They also wade through shallow water searching for small fish and amphibians. Herons fly with their head drawn back and feet trailing behind. The wing beats are slow and their curved wings form an m-shape.
Just managed to catch this one -with full 'flaps' extended- as he came to rest on the reserve. I hope you will like him.

Very grateful thanks for the very generous response to the Starling and particular thanks to Kathryn (kathrynlouise) for her very flattering UA.


Tags: Wildlife Nature Water Herons Wildlife and nature

Voters: bobpaige1, Philip_H, jaktis and 98 more

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jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
7 Mar 2015 4:02PM

Mavis 19 143 2 England
7 Mar 2015 4:09PM
fantastic capture, love the plumage . So proud SmileSmile .
7 Mar 2015 4:10PM
Very dramatic! Stunning image. Well captured.
7 Mar 2015 4:24PM
Cracking capture Ron with excellent feather detail.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
7 Mar 2015 4:25PM
7 Mar 2015 4:29PM
Excellent Ron, great timing,
Bigdenbo 11 18 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 4:38PM
Unusual to see an action shot of a Heron really great well done
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 4:42PM
Wonderful capture, Ron.

7 Mar 2015 4:53PM
Great action capture, the open wings show the size of the bird very well, Ron
Greyheron 19 282 7 England
7 Mar 2015 4:55PM
Good to have a stretch, Ron Wink Sweet capture…

helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 5:02PM
Great pose and capture SmileSmile
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
7 Mar 2015 5:03PM
johnke Plus
8 223 16 England
7 Mar 2015 5:05PM
What a pose and wonderful saturation, very much an awesome Image of this Bird, I like the info Hugh also. I had one in the garden the other day. Waiting to kill some baby chickens, seems he is good with easy prey to...John
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 5:44PM
Never seen anything quite like this before
Quite extraordinary.....
DonMc 12 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 6:29PM
First class capture Ron, gets an Award from me!SmileSmileSmile
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 6:58PM
A splendid well-timed shot Ron
7 Mar 2015 7:24PM
Brilliant well timed capture Ron..Lin
NaturesHaven 9 283 6 England
7 Mar 2015 7:38PM
Look Ma no hands.............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
7 Mar 2015 7:57PM
Superb moment Ron - caught it perfectly.
gss 7 1 Romania
7 Mar 2015 8:35PM
Excellent, majestic!
7 Mar 2015 8:56PM
Fabulous detail and light
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 9:01PM
Superb shot, excellent composition and timing and i love the reflection to Smile

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
7 Mar 2015 9:35PM
Huge and wonderful--what a great wing spread!
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
7 Mar 2015 9:45PM
I have watched herons just standing but have never seen one spread it's wings as here, Ron.
So well timed and captured in great detail.
NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
7 Mar 2015 9:59PM
Sharp and punchy.
7 Mar 2015 11:07PM
PhilT2 Plus
11 534 31 England
7 Mar 2015 11:09PM
Quite magnificent
capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 11:11PM
Caught at just the right moment, beautiful.Smile

UrbaneMagick 9 172 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 12:03AM
Undoubtedly the best heron shot I've ever or an likely to see Ron. Deserves everyone's award!! Gareth. 😃
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
8 Mar 2015 1:36AM
I'm sexy and I know it, comes to mind. A lovely capture of this show off.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 2:42PM
A excellent captureGrinGrinGrin

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2203 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 2:58PM
A brilliant shot with those wings outspread, and the awards say it all.
rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 4:40PM
A fabulous capture and presentation Ron, well worth all the awards to which I gladly add mine.

tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 4:45PM
Top stuff Ron

Have one in return

Karen_Summers 12 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 5:22PM
fabulous shot
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
8 Mar 2015 6:21PM
What a wonderful pose this heron is striking Ron, one of your very best methinks
8 Mar 2015 7:08PM
What a pose!, stunning photo Ron!, really deserving of all the awards, love it!!!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Rev2 11 302 2 England
8 Mar 2015 7:09PM
Wow, very well taken!
DerekL 16 225 24 England
8 Mar 2015 7:12PM
Great image of the "flasher" Heron Ron.

8 Mar 2015 8:30PM
WoW! What an awesome capture Ron. Herons are beautiful, majestic birds and this is just stunning GrinGrin

8 Mar 2015 8:30PM
Superb shot Ron. Cathy
ColleenA Plus
8 471 7 Australia
8 Mar 2015 9:00PM
Wow......magnificent shot...
teocali Plus
13 442 18 England
8 Mar 2015 10:16PM
Simply stunning, Ron. Lovely sense of movement with the spraying water droplets.
hasslebladuk 11 1 6 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 11:22AM
Cracking shot Ron
What a beautiful image, great timing. I think everyone likes him judging by the UA's, well done. SmileSmileSmile
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 1:11PM
Cracking pose!
Congratulations on all those UA'sGrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
10 44 119 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 3:27PM
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Mike_Smith Plus
13 723 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 5:07PM
Wonderful capture Ron, he looks like he is conducting an orchestra
9 Mar 2015 9:38PM
An exceptional image, Ron!! Sorry I missed it.. Congrats to all awards!!
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2015 10:19PM
Sorry Ron, too late to add another award
a real image there to be so proud of!
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2015 11:13AM
superb capture, excellent detail composition and colours. wonderful work.
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
13 Mar 2015 1:00PM
I am coming in late on this one, but you have to have my pink diamond for this outstanding image. Magnificent!
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
13 Mar 2015 1:01PM won't let me give it....apparently the time difference got me, but know that I'm giving it anyway!!!!!!!
24 Mar 2015 10:47PM
what amazing photography such a beautiful bird, excellent capture, SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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