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One of the most cooperative GBH's I've run across. I followed this guy all the way around the pond and he could have cared less if I had my lens stuck in his face. Just wish I could have caught him with a snack...
Great Blue Heron Portraits.
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As always C&C is welcome and appreciated.

Mike



Aug 23, 2012 at 09:46 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Cooperative Bird


My favourite kind of bird, a cooperative one. Very nice portraits.

Rob



Aug 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Cooperative Bird


These guys see me from a mile away and take off so you are very lucky...glad you got to take advantage of one that was a bit more laid back. Nice shots
Eric



Aug 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Cooperative Bird


These are all nice Mike, and yes, it's very nice when they allow you to shoot them close ~ Ron


Aug 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Cooperative Bird


Very nice set Mike

Morris



Aug 24, 2012 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Cooperative Bird


Makes you with you had a fish to give it a treat for being so cooperative. Bruce


Aug 24, 2012 at 02:25 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Cooperative Bird


Good work Mike. I had one let me get within 4 or 5 feet once. Still couldn't get a shot as nice as yours.


Aug 24, 2012 at 02:25 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Cooperative Bird


great set of herons Mike


Aug 24, 2012 at 06:14 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Cooperative Bird


Beauties !! Glad you found one who was not so camera shy

Love the last one

Birdie



Aug 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Cooperative Bird


Those guys are the most skittish bird I know of. I've always had to use the longest lens I have for them.

Very nice captures. You took advantage of the situation.

George



Aug 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Cooperative Bird


Thanks everyone, glad you liked them. There have been a couple of times where a GBH has let me get fairly close but this guy kept forcing me to back up as he worked around the pond just to keep him outside my MFD.

Mike



Aug 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Cooperative Bird


Lucky you to get so close Mike.
Maybe next time bring a snack for such a patient poser
Martin



Aug 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Cooperative Bird


Good thing he didn't stick his face in your lens, might have poked your eye out
Way to go GBH whisperer

First two looks are rather intense, last shot is great!
Karl



Aug 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Cooperative Bird


I go out on a kayak with my camera, and usually the GBH are pretty skittish. Times I've gotten closer (not as close as yours) have been when one was being successful in it's fishing and reluctant to give up a good spot. I've found the medium sized birds such as a green heron or smaller egret to consistantly be more tolerant.

Obviously, your demeanor put him at ease, so he didn't consider you a threat and you were just too big to be considered a treat.

Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.

Steve



Aug 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Cooperative Bird


great images, i could never get even half as close to one of these guys


Aug 27, 2012 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Cooperative Bird


He must have known you'd get his "good side" These are great Mike. How cool to have him let you get close. (Are you sure you didn't have any fish in your pocket?) I'd love to get this close to one of these guys.
Nancy



Aug 27, 2012 at 02:29 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Cooperative Bird


Your lucky day Mike
And ours too! Fine work getting close and the last frame is favorite in this fine series!

Tom



Aug 27, 2012 at 04:14 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Cooperative Bird


An excellent set, Mike.
Oregon GBH are normally extremely skittish.
The only time I've been able to get really close to these guys was in Everglades National Park- Florida. Coulda (almost) used a wide angle on them.
Charlie



Aug 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Cooperative Bird


Sometimes it all just works out Cool set Mike, I like the last one the best!

Tim



Aug 27, 2012 at 09:35 PM





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