>Day 045 – 02142011

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone who celebrates a day like today! Mother Nature has given us (in Northern California) the gift of rain on this beautiful Monday.

This male great blue heron (Ardea herodias) stopped by to check the land and wasn’t very thrilled that we wanted to take his picture. He promptly flew away as I got closer. His mate, on the other hand, actually stayed and roamed around the area on foot for a while.

Technical data: f/5.0 at 1/500th sec, ISO 100.

>Day 043 – 02122011

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This seagull graciously stayed in the same spot long enough for me to get close and take its picture while I changed the position of the polarizer filter on my lens. This filter helped me to get a deeper blue in the sky, as well as to eliminate glare and unwanted shine from the bird’s feathers and beak.

Contrast and color adjustments, as well as sharpening, were performed in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: 1/2000th sec at f/5.6, ISO 100.

>Day 041 – 02102011

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It is quite a beautiful sight to watch a great white heron (Ardea alba) take flight. Their grace and beauty is unmatched.

I watched this bird on the Santa Rosa Creek where another fellow photographer was attempting to get closer to it. At first I thought this bird to be a very large snowy egret (Egretta thula), however he pointed out to me the differences between the two species:
1) black feet, yellow beak = great white heron
2) yellow feet, black beak = snowy egret
Upon returning home I verified this information online and it appears to be correct.

…amazing what we can learn from strangers…

Technical data: f/5.6, 1/640th sec, ISO 100.