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Jul 30, 2003 19:27 |  #1

I have been trying to get a shot of these guys for months...

Last Night I hit the jackpot. This is one of the adults,. I managed to get a few good shots of a now nearly full grown immature one too. Those can be found in my gallery.


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Jul 30, 2003 19:30 |  #2

BEAUTIFUL!! I love the lighting.


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Jul 30, 2003 20:03 |  #3

Well done, CDS. Excellent photo.

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Jul 30, 2003 20:06 |  #4

Thank you :D

These guys are so skittish,.. it was a miracle that they did not see me this time.

(it may have helped that I left the two retreivers in the car this time! :) )


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Jul 30, 2003 20:07 |  #5

Well I have a friend who learned all about birds some 55 years ago and (while a lawyer) substitutes as the "birdman" on selected world tours.

He'd love this one.

Coincidently, I was still trying (in a Field Guide) to ID whether I am looking at blue or grey herons around the Bruce Pit! So I opened the "Guide" at lunch and saw all these littlier herons (pardon my use of non-words). I didn't even know they existed yesterday!

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Jul 30, 2003 20:26 |  #6

I'm pretty sure that your pics are of a Great Blue, Howie.

BUT!

I have been struggling with the fact that what we call a Great Blue seems to look very different from the ones I see in Georgian Bay?

In fact,. what you have photos of is exactly what I allways called a great blue as I'd seen them in Canada, but down here in Rhode Island,. they look a little different. They look more like what all the reference books describe,. ie: more white on the throat and other added plumage variation.

I don't know if it is a time of year plummage thing or just a regional variation?

//none of my refernce books list a Gray Heron,... it may be a regional name?


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Jul 30, 2003 20:27 |  #7

P.S. the new gallery just uploaded;

http://cyberdynesytems​imaging.fotopic.net/sh​ow_collection.php?id=3​8541external link


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CyberDyneSystems wrote:
I'm pretty sure that your pics are of a Great Blue, Howie.

BUT!

I have been struggling with the fact that what we call a Great Blue seems to look very different from the ones I see in Georgian Bay?

In fact,. what you have photos of is exactly what I allways called a great blue as I'd seen them in Canada, but down here in Rhode Island,. they look a little different. They look more like what all the reference books describe,. ie: more white on the throat and other added plumage variation.

I don't know if it is a time of year plummage thing or just a regional variation?

//none of my refernce books list a Gray Heron,... it may be a regional name?


YEAH .. That's the problem. Your Blue is all feathered -- and like the Stokes guide -- but with the G2 you do not see that detail . My guide's color of the neck (mine photo shows a brown neck) are not clear.

Note that I have seen Black Cormorants on the Pit too. Immature ones are a bit brown necked -- but they lack the white head.

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Jul 30, 2003 22:26 |  #9

CyberDyneSystems wrote:
I'm pretty sure that your pics are of a Great Blue, Howie....

I am almost positive this is NOT a Great Blue. Too short of legs for one, check out this id photo

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framl​st/i1940id.htmlexternal link




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Jul 30, 2003 23:39 |  #10

RSG,

I was talking about a photo that leighow posted some weeks ago,.. the photo above is of a Green Heron which is smaller in size than even a pidgeon, so yes you are quite correct it is smaller than a Great Blue!!!!

...this is the link to Howie's Great Blue;

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=13805

Sorry if I was confusing.

...here is another Great Blue;

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Jul 30, 2003 23:51 |  #11

Howie,

Check out that link that RSG provided,.

The first two photos show two Great Blues,., the first one looks pretty much like the ones I have photographed,. and looks like the ones that most of the reference books illustrate,..


....but the second one looks just like your Great Blue,. (Dude,. it's YOUR BIRD! ) :)
...which is what I spent most of my life thinking Great Blues looked like.

These extra long feathers, the white on the neck,. this is all new to me except in photos. All the ones I had seen in person were all blue grey like your pal in "The Bruce Pit"

So there is clearly a large variation in plummage,. which seeing as how our recent photos were taken days apart can not be purely seasonal.

I have seen drastic plummage variation in other species as well,. (Osprey, Red Tailed Hawks,.. etc) but I never know whether it is just an "individuality" type thing or age?

So far none of the reference material I have read gives much mention to it. But RSG's link DOES!!!

With this simple sentence:

* Shaggy neck and back plumes in alternate plumage



I had a problem ID-ing the Adult Green Herons the first time I saw them some months ago ... as they were in the middle of a plummage "moult" (spelling) ... I'll see if I can dig up a photo...

Thanks for that Link RSG! :D


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Jul 31, 2003 00:14 |  #12

O kay ready,..

All images are Green Herons;

These two are not only the same species as the first photo in this thread,.

...one of these two is in fact THE EXACT SAME BIRD as the first photo,. just a few months earlier. These are the nesting pair I have been trying to get photos of for months.

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This photo is also a Green Heron with its "immature" first season plummage. It is one of at least two (I think three) offspring I have seen belonging to the pair above.

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Jul 31, 2003 04:13 |  #13

Those are great. That first one is fantastic. You people and your 10D's... make me want to.... want to... go buy one

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These guys are so skittish...

I know what you mean. I have a G2, and I can't get anywhere near close enough to get a shot of the herons around here. If they even see me across the highway they take off!

I ordered the CrystalVue LX8 lens the other day, so I should be able to snag a few shots with that baby :D I can't wait for it to get here!


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Jul 31, 2003 14:47 |  #14

Good luck with that CrystalVue,.. if it had been around at the time,. I probably would have held of on the 10D for another year!


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Aug 01, 2003 22:55 |  #15

:D

Just drawing attention to this thread again :D

I think that RSG has solved our Great Blue Vs. Grey problem Howie....

Thought you might want to read the rest above.


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