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Challenge: Free Study 2013-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013 Challenge shots
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Jul 10, 2013
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2013

[Aug. 7th, 2013 11:02:16 PM]

So I was really lucky this day. I was on the Jamestown-Scotland ferry, waiting for it to take off and cross the river, and there was a great blue heron (know as a GBH in our family) sitting on one of the pilings. You see that occasionally -- they sit around with the seagulls.

Disclaimer: I'm posting these pictures against my better judgement -- there's no processing on them, not even RAW adjustments, just shrink and sharpen. And it's driving me crazy. But I'm tired, and it was pretty cool to see, so I'm putting them in the notes anyway, because it's going to roll over in an hour, and I need some sleep. :)

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When all of the sudden, he starts moving towards the edge, and I watch in astonishment as he flies off to go fishing in the river!

I've only seen this once before, and it's quite freaky. Because usually I see GBHs fishing in shallow places where they can stand and wait for a fish. But here he flies out

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and then starts flapping backwards, and it looks like he's standing on the water and slowing sinking

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and some how manages to grab a fish in all of this

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the fish is too big to haul out and he loses it and flies off to land back on the piling again. (The free study entry being the landing on the piling)

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But look at the size of the fish he went after!

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Anyway, it was fascinating to see. He took off and attempted fishing twice, once without a hit, once losing the fish, and then the ferry left, so I couldn't watch anymore.

I hope you enjoyed the shots -- I certainly enjoyed watching it! It was fascinating to see him fishing in a deep river.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments!

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08/09/2013 11:07:28 PM
Awesome storyline, Wendy; it's another one you can write up and sell with the shots. Seriously!
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08/08/2013 10:27:51 AM
I just adore that awkward look the angle and his spread, outstretched legs give this. Congratulations on the top ten, Wendy.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2013 09:58:54 PM
This is a great capture, but it seems a little over done to me. Maybe too much contrast for my tastes. Wonderful timing on releasing the shutter.
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08/07/2013 09:45:08 PM
A different perspective from what I often see, and beautifully captured.
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08/07/2013 09:38:23 PM
What a capture. These things are so hard to find much less capture in my experience. There's one hanging around the Central Park Pond these days. I think I'll try to get it. bump
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08/06/2013 02:04:45 PM
Wonderful details
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08/03/2013 10:05:36 PM
great details and sharpness, the framing is very nice
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08/01/2013 05:22:04 PM
That's a great catch. Looks like he's coming in for an attack.
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08/01/2013 04:07:22 PM
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08/01/2013 02:57:47 PM
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