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PIC OF THE WEEK: 03/28/11 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2011 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Great Blue Heron

(Ardea herodias)

Where: Richmond, VA • Pipeline Section of James River Park

Notes: Since early February the trees at Richmond's heron rookery have gone from completely empty, to spotted with first arrivals, and then to bustling with action. The activities of attracting mates, mating and nest construction have passed and most nests are complete. There is a feeling of calmness that has settled in as the laying and incubation of eggs at most nests has taken place. The female lays three to six pale blue eggs, one each day. Incubation begins when the first egg is laid. After about four weeks the chicks hatch over a period of a week. With a one day advantage over is closest sibling, the first chick to hatch will be slightly larger that its nest mates. It usually becomes more experienced in obtaining the food that is brought to the nest by both adults. This size advantage and aggressive behavior of this chick toward siblings, often allows the first hatched to grow more quickly than the others. It takes about sixty more days for chicks to take their first flight. As the chicks begin to hatch the action will pick up again as the parents begin gathering food for the hungry nestlings.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 400mm Prime f-5.6 USM L Series Lens • 1.4X Converter • Manfroto Tripod

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/640 second • Aperture = f 11 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: Manual • Lens (Focal) Length = 560 mm (400 mm w/ 1.4X converter) • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~75 Feet • Date Shot: 03-23-11

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