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Challenge: Free Study 2012-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 Challenge shots
Date: Apr 30, 2012
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2012

[May. 7th, 2012 10:38:18 PM]

In downtown Richmond -- right in downtown Richmond -- is the James River.

In the middle of the James River is a great blue heron rookery.

I knew there was a rookery somewhere up there (it's about an hour away), and I finally tracked it down last summer. But you couldn't really see anything because the trees were across the river, the herons were gone, and the trees were all leafed out.

I was told to come back in February.

I did.

The nested in February:

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I visited in March. Not much activity on the river. They were still flying around, but the nests couldn't be seen because the trees had leafed out.

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(didn't enter either of those shots)

I was told that the shad run in April, and that the GBHs hang around in the river during the fish run.

I went up to Richmond 3 times during April, spending about 4 hours each time. Two times were a bust, but the 1st of the three was incredible!!

About 20 GBHs in the river while I was shooting. They were actually slow catching the fish, but I had some opportunities. However, the osprey were fishing and so were the cormorants. I had never seen the cormorants fishing before!!

This was actually my favorite shot -- and one I almost entered:


If I had been able to get a little lower for the shot, it would probably be my favorite shot of all time. I love the difference in size of these birds!

Here are some other shots from that day:

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And check out the size of some of the fish!!


The fish run is over, so I probably won't be back for awhile. But I will certainly be back again next February when it starts all over again! :)

Thanks for the incredible votes and kind comments. I love this shot, but I never expected it to do anywhere near this well. I thought it was too small to really get the fell of it.

We want 1000 or 1200 pixel wide challenges! :)

Place: 4 out of 275
Avg (all users): 6.9576
Avg (commenters): 9.3750
Avg (participants): 6.9540
Avg (non-participants): 6.9677
Views since voting: 2057
Views during voting: 212
Votes: 118
Comments: 18
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06/01/2012 08:09:25 AM
Fabulous timing and comp. WD.
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05/08/2012 04:32:24 PM
Beautifully captured Wendy! I see a squirrel lurking in the background ;)
Congrats on the HM!
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05/08/2012 02:45:44 PM
SUCH a wonderful shot, Wendy! Great job!
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05/08/2012 01:38:08 PM
Great shot Wendy! You have some amazing images.
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05/08/2012 10:57:04 AM
Congrats on the HM. Your great blue heron series is National Geographic worthy. These are amazing.
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05/08/2012 08:17:31 AM
this was an amazing capture..you sure were in the right place at the right time
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05/08/2012 01:04:34 AM
4th Wend's, I knew it would do well, awesome finish.
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05/08/2012 12:16:03 AM
Another great wildlife shot, Wendy. Congrats on the HM!
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05/08/2012 12:03:56 AM
Great shot Wendy. I thought at first it was 3 shots made into one.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2012 10:58:09 PM
Beautiful shot!
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05/07/2012 10:58:01 PM
The early bird gets the ... fish. Great capture.
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05/07/2012 04:22:52 AM
Beautifully timed.
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05/05/2012 10:09:39 PM
Great catch!
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05/05/2012 02:26:00 PM
Amazing timing!
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05/05/2012 11:48:17 AM
i almost get the illusion of a 3 shot sequence, and its nice how it comes from a single shot
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05/03/2012 08:49:35 AM
almost a time lapse image
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05/01/2012 07:25:12 PM
Beautifully captured.
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05/01/2012 12:26:08 AM
WHAT a timely capture!!

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