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Great Blue Heron

I have seen bird watchers and nature lovers click pictures of birds and post them on blogs with amazing details accompanying the pictures. I always used to wonder how it is possible for them to remember the type and species of all birds that they click. I could recognize just a handful of birds - sparrows, pigeons, crows etc.

I have my own style of recording details of birds that I come across. The fool's guide to clicking bird photographs and blogging them - spot bird, click bird and just remember the place where you clicked. Come back home, google about birds found in the area you were, then search for images of such birds and compare with the one you clicked and there you have it - all the details of the bird, all you want to tell the world about your shot.

I had no idea that this was a Great Blue Heron - it took me 20 minutes of google and wikipedia to find out. Shot at the Harewood House in Leeds where you can also see a collection of some of the finest birds (most of them in captivity).

There was a fence between me and the tree on which this Heron was, and I couldn't get a clean shot without getting the fence in between. Thankfully, I was carrying my new Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom and Ballhead which helped me mount the camera on top of the fence. This made the view finder out of my reach, but thanks to the LiveView on the EOS 450D, I managed to frame the shot correctly.

 

Great Blue Heron

I have seen bird watchers and nature lovers click pictures of birds and post them on blogs with amazing details accompanying the pictures. I always used to wonder how it is possible for them to remember the type and species of all birds that they click. I could recognize just a handful of birds - sparrows, pigeons, crows etc.

I have my own style of recording details of birds that I come across. The fool's guide to clicking bird photographs and blogging them - spot bird, click bird and just remember the place where you clicked. Come back home, google about birds found in the area you were, then search for images of such birds and compare with the one you clicked and there you have it - all the details of the bird, all you want to tell the world about your shot.

I had no idea that this was a Great Blue Heron - it took me 20 minutes of google and wikipedia to find out. Shot at the Harewood House in Leeds where you can also see a collection of some of the finest birds (most of them in captivity).

There was a fence between me and the tree on which this Heron was, and I couldn't get a clean shot without getting the fence in between. Thankfully, I was carrying my new Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom and Ballhead which helped me mount the camera on top of the fence. This made the view finder out of my reach, but thanks to the LiveView on the EOS 450D, I managed to frame the shot correctly.

 

comments (5)

A fabulous shot. I see herons every day in my pond but never get great shots like this.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Mary. I'm glad you liked it.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 7 Jun 2010, 10:42
Great capture Thomas
Thomas Mathew: Thanks Vintage. Glad you liked it.
Lovely capture smile
Thomas Mathew: Thank you kindly Linda.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Jun 2010, 13:51
Now there you have it, Thomas...the fool-proof way of identifying birds. smile I love it.
Thomas Mathew: Glad you liked it Ginnie. Thank you for stopping by.
  • dhiraj
  • Australia
  • 13 Nov 2010, 20:01
this is one of your finest work so far. And the description you gave is pretty good! Keep the great work moving. remember one thing, whenever you take such a shot and provide good amount of details, there is atleast 1 person (me) who is learning from it smile.

B Bye mate.

-Dhiraj

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camera Canon EOS 450D
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