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No, not like the one from the spiderman series. Although, I'm sure it could qualify as a character. Every time I visit this location, I have seen a green heron in this exact spot. This particular morning while walking to the small clearing I had already heard the creeping sounds of the bird. When I arrived at my spot, the heron was standing along the edge of the pond as fog lifted off the water. It was a surreal sight and almost made me feel like I went back in time when the dinosaurs roamed. I set the camera on the tripod and photographed the bird at a distance. After a few minutes, the bird flew towards me, and onto this small island. This is a full frame image with no cropping done. The nice thing about these birds when they hunt is that they stand perfectly still until they find something of interest. At only 1/20th of a second, the use of a tripod was a must to freeze the bird and capture the detail. The bird allowed me a fair amount of time to photograph until it went in search of breakfast. These are the types of moments that pay off when you are patient enough in the field. I could have easily missed this shot had I not waited to see what would happen.

Green heron- Gilbert, Arizona

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Egil21 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
:iconsmallwaveplz:Hello!

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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Thank you I appreciate it!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a perfect shot! And a great text to read, too!
Animal photography needs a lot of patience... and luck, as it seems!
I envy you for this wonderful moment. :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Thanks, it's more patience than it is luck.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous. :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Thank you!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Mogrianne Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful detail of this beautiful bird :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thank you!
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Mogrianne Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Great shot, what a beautiful bird!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thank you!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
good shot :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thanks!
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aaaa0000aaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Some times when I do this I feel like it is showing off, but it never is. I just like when I see that someone had to work as I did to get the shot. That being said, take a look at this one: [link] To get this shot it took me about 90 minutes to creep over in to position. I took a series of photos of him. Maybe 200 or so. he paired up with one more and This is his pal: [link] <-----that one looks blue mostly because of the evening sky. The second one was at dusk. I sat for a total of 3 hrs to get the little sneaky guys.
I had never seen one of these before, well now I know they are stealthy minnow killers. You have a great photograph here.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thank you. It just goes to show that when you are patient it pays off rather than just being lucky. Few times to wildlife photographers get extremely lucky. Most of it is patience. Looks like you had a good encounter with your green herons. I've found waiting for something to happen often helps me study the behavior of the bird and what it's next intentions might be.
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CastalianVisions Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
It is always a pleasure to visit your gallery because it's clear from every photograph that you love Nature.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thank you I appreciate it!
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Gorgeous bird ! :clap:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thank you!
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