Birds in nature

Challenge #19 in the Eclectic series. Hosted by Ro13.
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Your best bird shots....but they need to be in nature....no caged birds or from a zoo!
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Great Blue Heron
by Dianoda
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Sure, a big lens for birding can help, but not this time. Shot this while on vacation in Florida at Morikami Japanese Garden. I had the height advantage on the heron and was behind a rock outcropping, this was shot from about from about one meter away (which was about as close as I was willing to reach out). He held very still while I was at close range, and flew into the wild blue yonder almost as soon as I vacated his immediate presence.
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Submitted: Friday, 28th May, 2010 02:33 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 25th March, 2010
Focal length: 55 mm
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 100
Notes: Handheld, Av, Spot Metering; shot and converted from RAW in DPP.
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