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


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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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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 Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Wed 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 Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Wed 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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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 Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Wed 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. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Fri 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 Nikonian since 07th May 2002Fri 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 Nikonian since 04th May 2008Sat 12-Jan-13 09:47 AM
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Great shot and thanks for the background!

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