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treadwl Silver Member  Sunrise, US  Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009 Wed 09-Jan-13 02:17 AM
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"Great Blue Heron Mating Stretch"



The photo attached here is of a seldom seen event. When an unattached GBH male is looking to attract a mate he will adopt this very stretched pose reaching to get every inch of height he can achieve while making a "goooo goo" sound. This is followed by several sharp snaps of his beak. Apparently this long lean look is VERY exciting to the ladies. Great Blues will also adopt this stretched look when flying during the mating season. During non-mating periods they generally curve their necks in an "s" shape while in flight, but during mating they really try to elongate their appearance.

D300s with 200-400mm lens, tripod, Sidekick, fill flash ISO 400, F5.6 1/249

Taken on a flat, dull rainy day

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Reply message RE: Great Blue Heron Mating Stretch dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community
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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community   Lowden, US  Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006 Wed 09-Jan-13 02:56 AM
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Nice work Larry!

That is a pose I have never seen.

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Lunastar Silver Member  Mankato, US  Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010 Wed 09-Jan-13 03:25 AM
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Great image and a rare pose! Well done! The light and fill worked very well.

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Bump57 Silver Member Awarded for his high skill level in Landscape and Nature Photography and willingness to share his learning experiences to help others. Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   US  Nikonian since 01st Apr 2007 Wed 09-Jan-13 04:16 AM
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Interesting Pose you caught Larry. The fill light really helped here, really nice work. The colors look great.

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vcottman Silver Member  Denver, US  Nikonian since 22nd May 2006 Wed 09-Jan-13 11:35 AM
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Great capture Larry!! I have never seen this pose before. Truly something special!

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography.   Mississauga, CA  Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007 Fri 11-Jan-13 01:16 AM
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Great study shot, nicely composed and good use of fill flash Larry. Love the blue lores they develop close to breeding season.

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massulo Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Tampa/Lutz, US  Nikonian since 07th May 2002 Fri 11-Jan-13 04:22 AM
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Simply wonderful... I will keep my eyes open for this event.....



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VR8 Silver Member  Ottawa, CA  Nikonian since 04th May 2008 Sat 12-Jan-13 09:47 AM
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Great shot and thanks for the background!

Victor

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