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Great Heron Portrait

Great Heron Portrait

My Great Heron is the same Heron as the other which is in a more abstract realistic form. I often like abstracting, or semi-abstracting things be they animals, people, or objects as opposed to presenting them realistically, although this is a far more realistic image than the other in my portfolio, I still consider it not pictorial as a pure photograph - I do love the artistic touch and it is most rewarding to do. The market is full of beautiful pictorial evidence of what a Great Blue Heron looks like, so my feeling was to give a distinct impression of an artistic viewpoint - my own interpretation.
Interesting facts about the bird -:
Great Blue Heron is common around areas of water where they will stand still and fish. They are the largest of the Herons.
This species usually breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes or other wetlands, often with other species of herons. It builds a bulky stick nest. The female lays 3 to 5 pale blue eggs. Both parents feed the young at the nest by regurgitating food.
It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge and spears fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. Its varied diet can also include insects, snakes, turtles, rodents and small birds. It will also raid goldfish ponds in back yards.
The Great Blue stands 132 cm (four feet) tall, has a 213 cm (seven-foot) wingspan and weighs 2.5 kg. It has a long yellow bill. Adults have blue-grey wings and back and a white head with a black cap and a long black plume. In flight, the long neck is held in an S-shape with the long legs trailing behind. This bird flies with strong deliberate wing beats.
Birds east of the Rockies in the northern part of their range are migratory and winter in Central America or northern South America. From the southern United States southwards and on the Pacific coast, they are year-round residents.

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