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Great Blue Heron 40D0033269 by Cristian-M Great Blue Heron 40D0033269 by Cristian-M
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

The Great Blue Heron 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 Galapagos 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 91-137 cm (36-54 in), a wingspan of 180 cm (71 in), and a weight of 2.2-3.6 kg (4.8-8 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 primary food for Great Blue Heron is small fish, though they are also known to eat shellfish, insects, rodents, amphibians, reptiles, and small birds. It is generally a solitary feeder. Individuals usually forage while standing in water, but will also forage in fields or drop from the air, or a perch, into water. Herons locate their food by sight and generally swallow it whole.

More info: [link]

Featured by the talented Olivia :iconwildwinyan: in her "Amazing Animals" journal: [link] .

Featured by the lovely and talented Rebecca :iconrebacan: in her "Grand Prize Winner" journal: [link] .

Featured by the talented Paulette :icontracteurrouge: in her "Stunning Silhouettes" journal: [link] .

Featured by the lovely Candice :iconsazzyshortness: in her "Random 10" journal: [link] .

Featured by the talented Sergey :iconmy-shots: in his journal "August, 1.... and 70 000 Pageviews": [link] .

After it won 2nd place in #SkyAndNatureClub's "Silhouettes" contest, it was featured in journals and articles by these wonderful deviants:
*PamLam :iconpamlam:
*GramMoo :icongrammoo:
*gold-rose :icongold-rose:
~Tech-Attack :icontech-attack:
*mstargazer :iconmstargazer:
!apomaniac :iconapomaniac:
=noirwhisper :iconnoirwhisper:
=honeytofla :iconhoneytofla:
*IrishGirl72 :iconirishgirl72:
=eschlehahn :iconeschlehahn:
=rdalpes :iconrdalpes:
=ba6ooy :iconba6ooy:
#dream-club :icondream-club:
*And-I-Walk-Alone :iconand-i-walk-alone:
=Eternal-Love01 :iconeternal-love01:
*VictorianPrincess :iconvictorianprincess:
*Metal-Goddess :iconmetal-goddess:
~Ralooq :iconralooq:
=markhossack :iconmarkhossack:

Featured by the talented Anna :iconheretyczkaa: in her article "Animals : Flying, crawling, domestic and wild": [link] .

Featured by the talented Morgane :iconmoem-photography: in her journal "Big feature III Herons and Egrets": [link] .

Featured by the talented Malcolm :iconkaton241162: in his journal "Blue Mountains Photo Shoot": [link] .

Featured by the lovely April :iconponddreamer: in her journal "Happy New Year!!": [link] .

Featured by the lovely and talented Brigitte :icondragonfly113: in her journal "Featured in Orange, Brown and Red": [link] .

Featured by the talented Ashley Christine :iconmutilatedaudio: in her journal "Rising Stars + Contest Winner Features": [link] .
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:iconniclassoberg:
This is a prime example of how animal photography should be done!

The framing is close to excellent, the motive is centered very well. It's interesting to see how it's centered but still feels asymmetrical in a way thanks to the shape of the bird.

The foreground fits perfectly with the overall mood of the photo, and by laying the focus on the bird alone you draw all of the attention to it.

Timing is excellent as well, the waves, the colors, the bird's stance, everything melts together into a well composed photography.

I also like your frame and placing of watermark, it doesn't steal any of the attention but rather directs even more attention to the motive.

The only thing that draws this down a bit is that the bird is slightly blurred, even if it's just by a tiny tiny bit. Also, it's not the most original animal photograph, but it's still original and very well executed.
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:iconhannahelizabethh:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student General Artist
nice photo :)
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:icondieffi:
Dieffi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this wonderful shot in my LONG LEGGED BIRDS - collection![link]

I hope you will agree and enjoy!:iconroovel:
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:iconadardurden:
AdARDurden Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WoW !! Stunning :)
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:iconphotobri25:
PhotoBri25 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very stunning colors love this shot, has been featured here: :iconsnazzyphotography:
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:iconldfranklin:
LDFranklin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010   Photographer
Your work is featured here [link]
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:iconmscrys:
MsCrys Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Fantastic capture! :faint:
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:iconjustinderosa:
JustinDeRosa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010   Photographer
awesome
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Excellent capture Cristian! :clap:
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:iconponddreamer:
PondDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful capture :love:
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:iconfireflyphotosaust:
FireflyPhotosAust Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
This wonderful image has been featured here [link] :-)
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thanks for the feature, Malcolm! I mentioned your journal in the image's description. :)
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:iconfireflyphotosaust:
FireflyPhotosAust Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
You are very welcome and thank you Cristian:-)
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:iconfotottiv:
fotottiv Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
excelente picture! n the rigt moment
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:iconmoem-photography:
moem-photography Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
hi! i featured your picture in my journal! [link]
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Merci Morgane! J'ai mentionné ton journal dans les commentaires de l'image. :)
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:iconmoem-photography:
moem-photography Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
avec plaisir et merci pour ton gentil petit mot avec le lien de mon journal :)
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:icontomatogrower:
Tomatogrower Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
now this capture is just absolutely gorgeous :wow:
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:iconraindance168:
raindance168 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Congrats on second place! I particularly love the glowing tones and the glassy ripples of the water.

As a prize, you get a free commission from me. Contact me with a list of things you would like. Check out my gallery for ideas and the kinds of things I usually draw/paint, and I will also be posting a journal on commissions you can refer to for general info. Yeah, haven't made the journal yet, haha.
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Thank you very much for your offer!
I looked at your gallery and I think you're a very talented artist! :)

Since I like nature and you don't have any drawings of animals in your gallery, I'd like to give you challenge: can you draw for me a praying mantis?
Here are some refferences ([link] , [link] , [link] ), but you don't have to use them.

Cristian :sun:
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:iconraindance168:
raindance168 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Thank you for your compliments.

I will be glad to draw a praying mantis for you. They are one of my favorite insects. Your ref photos are very nice.

If you ever want to check up on my progress, check my journal to see generally how far I am (I have a 3-star completion bar by your icon), or note me if you want specifics.
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
I looked at your journal and I guess you have a lot of work ahead of you, with all the commissions! :)
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:iconraindance168:
raindance168 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Haha, hopefully I can get at least 3/4 of them done before I head of to school! I'm a lot more organized now than I was when I got some of those commissions that are ahead of yours... But I am going to get some sketches done today!

It's morning over here, and I felt the urge to show someone what I had for breakfast. (Really, I just want to share funny plz accounts)
:iconihavecaekplz:
:iconbowl1plz::iconbowl2plz:
:iconbowl3plz::iconbowl4plz: Fear the bouncing CAEK and BOWL OF HAPPINESS!!!!!!

Eheh, I'm a little hyper (all the time, but right now in particular).
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
You're a funny girl! :lol:
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BelcyrPiotr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
cool
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:iconralooq:
Ralooq Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   Photographer


Featured in my journal :huggle:
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Thanks, Raluca! :hug:
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:icondream-club:
dream-club Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Hello! Congratulations on your win! As a prize, you are featured here: [link]

:clap:


=dancingelf
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Thanks, Ioanna! :hug:
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:iconand-i-walk-alone:
And-I-Walk-Alone Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured in my journal! :party: [link]
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Thank you so much, Andreea! :)
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:iconand-i-walk-alone:
And-I-Walk-Alone Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! :)
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:iconweida34:
weida34 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist
absolutely stunning! :)
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:iconpamlam:
PamLam Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
Congratulations! Wonderful Capture :D You are featured here:[link]
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Thank you so much for the feature! :)
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:iconroocat:
RooCat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Very nice. :thumbsup:
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:iconearth-hart:
Earth-Hart Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully caught there, Squire :clap:
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:icongrammoo:
GramMoo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:star: featured here [link] :woohoo:
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Thank you so much for the feature! :)
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:icongrammoo:
GramMoo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome ! :D
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:iconmstargazer:
mstargazer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
your wonderful art has been featured here
[link] :sun:
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Thank you so much for the feature! :)
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:icontech-attack:
Tech-Attack Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Hey mate congratz. :)
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Thanks! :wave:
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:icontech-attack:
Tech-Attack Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
ehehe. i'll make my feature soon. what a nice exposure u're getting. u really deserve it, since4 u have a huge gallery full of beauty. keep up the good work.
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:iconashlite:
ashlite Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Wow, outstanding photograph! The colours and composition are fabulous. Such a great piece, I love everything about it. :)
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:iconapomaniac:
apomaniac Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Your beautiful piece of art is featured here --> [link] and here --> [link] . If you don't like to be featured please let me know and I will remove your work. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconaerohana:
Aerohana Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congrats for winning the contest, you're featured here [link] :clap:
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Thanks for the feature, Hannah! :)
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:iconrdalpes:
rdalpes Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
bravo !
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