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Old 03-30-2009, 06:25 AM
 
Location: California
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There's a photography forum here on City-Data with a nature and wildlife thread. That's actually where posts like this one belong. Check it out! There are some wonderful photos there.
Thanks! I didn't realize a wildlife thread was going over there! I just checked it out...and your right! Amazing photos!
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Looks like a Great Blue Heron. When I was walking with my dog near the lake one day we startled one that was hunting underneath a dock. The massive bird wrestled out from under the decking and struggled into flight like some pterodactyl. I , the dog, and the bird all just about jumped out of our skins!
Many times they will fly overhead and you will see a giant ominous shadow cross your path like doom itself. Awesome birds!
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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Great pic!

There is a Great Blue Heron that lives on the pond where I do my morning run. I love to watch him. Amazing, aren't they?
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:42 PM
 
Location: California
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Looks like a Great Blue Heron. When I was walking with my dog near the lake one day we startled one that was hunting underneath a dock. The massive bird wrestled out from under the decking and struggled into flight like some pterodactyl. I , the dog, and the bird all just about jumped out of our skins!
Many times they will fly overhead and you will see a giant ominous shadow cross your path like doom itself. Awesome birds!

Have you ever heard them "caw"? It actually does sound like a pterodactyl! Very un-nerving at night when all is very quiet and they let out a yell! And the flapping of their wings is almost as loud!
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: oregon
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I just drooled at your picture..How close were you to this magnificent bird..
I see them and their smaller cousin the green heron at a garden where I volunteer..
More pictures please..
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I just drooled at your picture..How close were you to this magnificent bird..
I see them and their smaller cousin the green heron at a garden where I volunteer..
More pictures please..
Not sure if you were talking about my pictures, or the (much better) ones posted later in the thread... but I was about 5-6 feet from the bird, and he/she didn't even seem to notice! My dog noticed the bird, though, and was very anxious to get closer.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:09 PM
 
Location: California
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Not sure if you were talking about my pictures, or the (much better) ones posted later in the thread... but I was about 5-6 feet from the bird, and he/she didn't even seem to notice! My dog noticed the bird, though, and was very anxious to get closer.
LOL...I wasn't sure who she was speaking too either...didn't want to step all over your thread!

But...here are some more pics: This guy visits a restaurant we love to go to...can eat outside right next to the water: Don't dare leave your food un-attended, because he/she will snag what is ever on your plate in a heartbeat. One waitress tells us it's a she and she calls her "Madonna" anther, insists it's a male and calls him Fred. Whichever....he/she is well fed and all the patrons love him/her. One can get within inches of him/her because he/she is just so accustomed to people.





This guy also shows up once in awhile...
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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This guy also shows up once in awhile...

LOL the maitre d' !

He looks like he's about to ask how many in your party.
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:58 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Herons and egrets are very common where I live now, but I even used to see Great Blue Herons in Denver, of all places.
I took these heron pics here in north Florida.

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Old 04-02-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: California
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Great "In Flight" pic!!!!!!!!!!!! Have never been able to get one of those!
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