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Copyright: Jafar Mohammadi (jazrr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70, Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-09 17:12
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Great Blue Heron. This picture was taken in Bird Sanctuary in Irvine, CA.

The Great Blue Heron , Ardea herodias, is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands, except for the far north and deserts and high mountains where there is no water for it to feed in. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores and England.

It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs). It is blue-gray overall, with black flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow.

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Hi Jafar. Great close up shot of the blue heron. The eye and the bill is crisp and clean. The DOF is good and the note is very informative. There are many rookeries of blue heron in our area.


great timing for this shot...nice color and detail....thanks for sharing...


Hi Jafar
Congratulation for photograph
Really very good

Thanks for sharing

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  • JoMo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 4 N: 125] (788)
  • [2008-12-09 23:14]

Very nice. Sharp detail and lovely composition. I like the lines of the grass running parallel with his chin...very harmonious.
You also caught a great expression.

Hi Jafar,
A wonderful portrait of this cute heron.Sharpness, colours and details are very beautiful.TFS.


Hi Jafar
Beautiful bird , "le héron au long bec emmanché d'un long cou" as says our great french fabulist La Fontaine
Good pov and colours.In my opinion the back gound would earn more to be a bit more blurred; I do it in WS, I hope you will like it.

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  • Koala Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 370 W: 32 N: 77] (4031)
  • [2008-12-10 0:39]

details are great!
very good portrait of this beautiful bird:D
i just love that eye :D

Have a beautiful day!


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-12-10 1:40]


Quel portrait, de ce héron, quelle netteté, grandiose ton image, ave lon bec, avec l'oeil affuté, ce doux plumage, la courbe du son coups, mangigique.

Bravo et amitié


Bom dia Jafar
Your capture is always a surprise to my eyes. The definition is superb. And the effect of bg is really interesting. Great Blue Heron has a superb close-up. Thanks
My regards

she must be on a very high alert on any passing prey in sight.
beautiful sharpness on the subject. i love viewing the eye and the sharp beak here.
very well captured, Jafar!


Salam Jafar
Excellent focus, Superb composition.
Nice Blurred Backgrounds and a great eye!
Regards, Alireza.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-12-10 10:06]

Hi Jafar!
Beautiful, wonderful portrait!
Great concentration! :)
It congratulates execution!!!

Ciao Jafar, fantastic portrait of beautiful Heron, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jafar,
Clear image,
Well suited BG
Selahattin E

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-11 11:04]

Hi Jafar,
Great and lovely portrait. Well composed and well presented

Bonjour Jafar,
Wanderful portrait of this heron,
great sharpness and deep of field,
Nice and clear picture,
well taken and done.

Hello Jafar,
A superb close up capture, perfect sharpness and POV, very well done & TFS.

Dear friend,

this is perfect shot, strong, defined, with great details and contrast. So refreshing!

Have a great weekend!

Hi Jarar...excellent details and composition...nice work.


Hola Jafar,
un estupendo trabajo muy bien documentado.
Buenos detalles y gran nitidez.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Jafar,

Beautiful sharp photo with a perfect composition. Well done!

TFS Greetings Simone

Lovely heron, dear Jafar! They are lovely birds. Great focus
and sharpness, my friend! Light is good so is your POV here.
Recently I posted one Heron´s photo too. Take a look when
you can. Congratulations for this fine presentation, and TFS.

Best wishes,

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-02-23 7:59]

Hi Jafar,

Very good DOF and well focused on the eye.
Sharp and crisp image, well captured.


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