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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/09/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Great Blue Heron

(Ardea herodias)

Where: Chincoteague, VA • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: This four foot tall member of the heron family has a nearly six foot wing span and is a common sight along the canals at Chincoteague NWR. It was a treat to find this bird hunting for minnows in the low tide shallows of Tom's Cove early that morning. The warm light, clear sky and nonexistent breeze made conditions good for attempting some reflection shots. My position at the top of the roadside berm, with the rising sun to my back, allowed the maximum amount of sky to fill the background just beyond the subject. I especially like the focused attention of this large bird, as its foot trails the surface of the water, ready to make a lunge at a fish with its spear like beak. The ripples circling its progress, seems to add motion and interest to the image as well.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010 • Canon 1.4X Teleconverter II

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/2000 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 640 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 11-29-13

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