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Great Blue Heron - 12

Great Blue Heron - 12
Copyright ©2007, Leon Plympton
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I suppose this is a relaxing pose for the GBH, but I don't know ...

Photographer: Leon Plympton
Folder: Common area
Uploaded: 09-May-2007 22:12 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/1250
Aperture: f-4.5
Focal length: 150 (300) mm
Lens: ZD 40-150 mm
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 200
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: SHQ / 50% crop / re-sized: 1024 x 768 / noise reduction / sharpening
Image resized to: 768x1024

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Hi Leon
Interesting position, never saw it before...good capture.

manuel sousa at 21:56 CEST on 12-May-2007 [Reply]

Great Blue Heron - 12

Manuel -

Thank You - so very much.

The same goes for me, I'd never seen this posture before. I wanted to get a shot of nothing but the GBH; however, the egret refused to get out of the area.

Another interesting note in this photo is that you can see how the water level has dropped. This photo was taken in mid-April; by now this part of the creek is completely dry. What this means is - if you look at my other photos from Paynes Prairie - where ever you saw water there is little to none now.

The birds can fly away, but virtually all the fish and many of the turtles have already died - leaving hundreds of extremely hungry alligators. The large gators will begin to feed on the smaller gators.

What's left of the smaller gators will begin to migrate as the large ones stake claim to the few muddy ponds that are left; these will become gator holes as the drought continues. This breeding season will prove to be a disaster for the alligator population in this part of the state.

The rangers have temporarily closed this park due to the drought. The gators are extremely stressed, and well, the rangers don't want any bad press, stuff like: Gator Eats Local Photographer.


Leon Plympton at 18:37 CEST on 13-May-2007 [Reply]