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Spring signs 1

Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 3 April 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Spring hit Vancouver and Nature is starting awakening! :)
Here's the first sign!

A Great Blue Heron at Lost Lagoon, in Vancouver! I was so close that I couldn’t believe it! :D
I just found out that Vancouver has the largest Great-Blue-Heron colony in the world. They get here in March to start their new families.


La primavera è finalmente arrivata a Vancouver e la Natura si sta risvegliando.
Questo è il primo segno!

Un Grande Airone Blu presso la Lost Lagoon, a Vancouver! Gli ero così vicino che non riuscivo a credere ai miei occhi! :D Ho appena scoperto che Vancouver ha la più grande colonia di Grandi Aironi Blu al mondo. Arrivano qui in Marzo per l’accoppiamento.
Taken on Mar 20, 2011, in Vancouver.
Scattata il 20 Marzo 2011, a Vancouver.

NIKON D90 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Amazingly close, great capture. We must get your overflow here. I always have one of these guys on my roof.

3 Apr 2011 5:19am

@Kenny: Hi Kenny. You're very lucky! I also want one :)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

So good to see it so close!

3 Apr 2011 6:32am

@CElliottUK: I have been very lucky! :) I met this Heron the day after I wrote on your blog "I've never seen a Heron before, Chris!" AH AH

DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES from The bosom of nature Canada &, United Kingdom

What a glorious and beautiful specimen. I'm back home to Vancouver in a few months time and can't wait to see these gorgeous birds once more, as you say, so plentiful in the area. They are seen often in the trees by the harbour in Sidney and many other locations and I often encounter them on my morning photoshoots, but don't posess any long lenses capable of doing their beauty justice as you have here. A lovely frame.

3 Apr 2011 7:53am

@DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES: Hi Paul! Thank you so much for the visit! Be sure to go to English Bay in Vancouver, then. And then walk toward the Lost Lagoon and just look up in the air and you'll see their nests. :) I have been pretty lucky, because I met this Heron who was looking out at the water at Lost Lagoon. I could get 2 meters far! With my 18-105mm lens, I think this photo is a very lucky one! :)

tataray from france, France

Excellent ... rare de les capter ainsi.

3 Apr 2011 9:23am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! I agree. I have been very lucky! :D

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

fantastic !! gorgeous picture

3 Apr 2011 9:27am

@Veronique: Bonjour Veronique! Merci bien! I am very happy that you like it! :D

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great capture and details

3 Apr 2011 9:56am

@Marie LC: Hi Marie! Thank you so much! I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but it seems that it didn't go through. :( I'll try again!

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Beautiful portrait!

3 Apr 2011 12:50pm

@Jason Politte: Thanks a lot, Jason! Have a good day!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

super ! great focus !

3 Apr 2011 2:25pm

@MARIANA: Hi Mariana! I am so glad you stopped by and liked this beautiful creature :) Have a nice day!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France


3 Apr 2011 4:34pm

@Gérard Beullac: Merci beaucoup, Gérard! :)

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Wow, fantastic image! The blue background contrasts wonderfully with the yellow bill of the heron.

3 Apr 2011 8:03pm

@Doug Hickok: Hey Doug! Good to read you here! I am so happy that you like it. I personally love it. AH AH! :P

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A great portrait - very well done !

3 Apr 2011 8:18pm

@Loner: Hi Loner, thanks a lot for stopping by! I think I was very lucky to get so close :)

franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful closeup of this rather majestic bird! i hope the grey herons hereabouts don't hear about this colony in vancouver or they'll want to emigrate ... ;-))

4 Apr 2011 4:56pm

@franz: Hi Franz! Thank you so much for visiting. So you also have your own herons, uh? I am impressed that i never realized before that we have so many here in Vancouver! I wish you a wonderful day! :)

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

wow, very nice contrast between water en heron ! great shot ☺

5 Apr 2011 5:54am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

This is simply beautiful. Very hypnotic.

9 Apr 2011 6:24pm

1/250 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)