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While visiting my son and daughter -in-law in Seattle we saw these birds. I am not a photographer but tried my best to get photos of their amazing area! Such a wonderful thing to see so wanted to share it! I am now told these are Blue Herons.

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  1. Wonderful detail in the photos. Cheers from Portland!

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    March 24, 2016
  2. I wonder if they are some type of crane. Pretty!!

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    March 24, 2016
    • My son said Heron and now I am told Blue Heron!

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      March 24, 2016
      • Oh, okay. I have never seen those before. They are pretty!

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        March 24, 2016
        • Yes me too, first time! I love them!

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          March 24, 2016
          • I wonder if they mate for life. I’m going to look it up.

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            March 24, 2016
          • Hmmm I wonder……

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            March 24, 2016
          • Well, they don’t mate for life but they do go through incredibly difficult mating rituals.

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            March 24, 2016
          • Cool! So interesting to know how animals live, really amazing.

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            March 24, 2016
          • Yes, it really is and I am always amazed at how many animals actually mate for life. Why is it that some do and some don’t?? (Maybe for the same reasons as humans. LOL!!)

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            March 24, 2016
          • haha yes maybe so. I think you are right lol

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            March 24, 2016
          • LOL!! It is just interesting to me. Why do foxes mate for life but coyotes and wolves don’t. Why do some birds mate for life but others don’t… interesting.

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            March 24, 2016
          • I know it is an interesting question and honestly I have really been in awwe of animals who mate for life and have wondered why and why not?

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            March 24, 2016
          • Yes, very true. Why and why not?

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            March 24, 2016
          • I wonder if there has been research on this? I would think so.

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            March 24, 2016
          • I just looked it up and I was wrong. Coyotes and wolves do mate for life. I didn’t know that!

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            March 24, 2016
          • Wow I can’t imagine, that is so cool!

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            March 24, 2016
          • It makes me realize then that dogs would probably mate for life if we didn’t domesticate them and not give them that opportunity. Which is kind of sad.

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            March 24, 2016
          • It is very interesting to look at the animal world and see how they do things! They are so smart!

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            March 24, 2016
          • Yes, they are much smarter than humans give them credit for. If only they could talk to us and tell us their wisdom! πŸ™‚

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            March 24, 2016
          • I agree if only….

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            March 24, 2016
  3. How exciting you found a Rookery! Spring is nesting, and hatching season. They’re such fun, and entertaining to watch flying back and forth collecting new nesting materials to shore up the nest, and they chatter, and squabble a lot. Some of the noises they make are quite funny. Seeing the chicks is neat too if you can get back there.

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    March 24, 2016
    • I would love too!!!! It was fun and I want to know what I need, a zoom lense maybe? I would like to get them closer up?

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      March 24, 2016
      • Do you have an interchangable lens camera?
        A 70-300mm lens would get you closer, and if you can try to get a bit closer to the trees where the nests are.
        There are new super zoom Bridge cameras that make nice images. I am familiar with two brands the Nikon, and Panasonic ones.

        Tell me what you have now.

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        March 24, 2016
        • I have a Nikon and I don’t know if I have anything like those.A D3100? I think that is what it is?

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          March 24, 2016
          • Ah! You’re shooting with the 18-55mm, and/or the 55-200mm lenses now?

            What lens you choose next will depend on how serious you want to photograph birds, and wildlife, and of course your budget. That one always gets me!

            The 70-300mm VR II is a step up in reach and is a lovely performer.

            More serious and better quality is the 300mm f4, or the 80-400mm VR II, or the new 200-500mm f5.6 VR.

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            March 24, 2016
          • I guess I just want the next step up? My son runs and so even trying to get good pictures of him is tough. ok yes it is the 18-55. I saw some refurbished lenses so I would be fine with trying one of those as budget is tight. What would you recommend and do they all fit any camera? Thanks so much for this info.

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            March 24, 2016
          • The Nikon camera mount is an F mount which will fit Nikon lenses all the way back to 60’s, but not all lenses will auto-focus on your camera. Manual focus lenses of course won’t auto-focus, but your camera doesn’t have an auto-focus motor built in, so you need to have lenses that do have an auto-focus motor. So, if you stick to the newest lenses you’ll have auto-focus and be able to switch to manual focus when you want or need to.
            You’re looking for AF-S lenses. Any lens older than that probably won’t auto-focus on your camera.

            The 70-300mm VR II AF-S lens is a good performer, but it has limits. It’s the same speed as your current 18-55mm lens. So it will be f/5.6 when zoomed out to 300mm. It needs good light and contrast or it tends to hunt = the focus tries to lock on to what you’re aiming at but it can’t grab it so the lens tries to obtain focus zooming in and out…hunting. I call this lens a “sunny day” lens.
            All lenses can do this, but the slower/consumer lenses tend to do it more than the pro and pro consumer lenses.

            Refurb is better than a used lens I’d think, b/c a used lens could have been used a lot and still look great, and something can go out sooner than you want it too. That happened to me on my used 300mm f4. After a year the auto-focus motor went out. 😦

            Once you get a new lens you know there’s a learning curve. Just use it a full day and you’ll soon be on the downside of that though.

            There are also 3rd party lenses you can look at. Just be sure to look for the Nikon mount on them, and make sure they will auto-focus on your camera. That information should be in their specs. Tamron, and Sigma are lenses I would look at when shopping 3rd party.

            You’ll need to tweak your camera settings a bit for action photography to help you get the shots you want. Then it’s just practice, practice, practice. πŸ™‚

            Email me off this thread if you want at dmzajac2004@yahoo.com

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            March 24, 2016
          • Wow thanks so much for this info. Very helpful! xxx

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            March 24, 2016
          • MP! xxx

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            March 24, 2016
          • xxx

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            March 24, 2016
  4. The pictures are great. They look huge! Today while driving I saw the first stork of the season. Your photos reminded me of it.

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    March 24, 2016
  5. Nice!! Do you know what kind of birds they are? Just curious.

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    March 24, 2016
  6. Wonderful Lynn, I like the birds! Glad you had a great visit with your son and daughter-in-law . πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2016
  7. Beautiful photos and yes they are blue herons

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    March 24, 2016
  8. Were you at Marymoore?? There’s a huge Blue Heron rookery in the trees there. Fun to go watch them. 😊

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    March 24, 2016
  9. Wow! They are huge, but beautiful.
    Nice photos, Lynz πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2016
  10. Well done

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    March 24, 2016
  11. Lovely pictures of the Great Blue Herons! I hope you had a fabulous time while you were here! I feel so bad that we weren’t able to meet up, but you’ll be back I’m sure!! πŸ˜‰

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    March 24, 2016
  12. Gorgeous pics Lynn πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2016
  13. Oh how lovely, Lynn! Are those all nests in the trees??

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    March 24, 2016
  14. My wife and I are fortunate to live near both a designated “wetlands” area as well as a golf course with multiple water hazards. We have geese, ducks, the occasional heron and less occasionally a couple more birds I can’t even begin to identify. It truly refreshes the soul to see so much wildlife about (and I don’t mean the golfers!). Great pictures Lynz.

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    March 24, 2016
  15. Loved the photos Lynn! Birds are quite difficult to capture… these are some great shots πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2016
  16. All beautiful and calms the soul πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2016
  17. I’ve never seen so many herons all together but I’ll often spot the odd one down by the river. They’re beautiful birds. πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2016
  18. so beautiful – such great shots!

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    March 24, 2016
  19. Great pictures. I don’t know much about birds. I never thought of herons as nesting in trees though, just as water birds. Learn something new. I have a brother near Seattle. I wonder if he’s seen some of these.

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    March 24, 2016
  20. I hope you had a nice visit Lynn! Such cool birds!

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    March 24, 2016
  21. Lovely photos Lynn πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2016
  22. Lovely photos! Herons are beautiful… those big bodies and enormous wing spans all supported by twig like legs. It’s a feat of engineering!

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    March 24, 2016
  23. So beautiful, dear Lynn!

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    March 24, 2016
  24. I’ve never seen that many Blue Herons! We love Seattle. What a wonderful place to visit.

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    March 24, 2016
  25. Lovely share Lynn.

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    March 24, 2016
  26. How cool!

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    March 24, 2016
  27. Nice shots! How exciting to see so many together!

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    March 24, 2016
  28. Sorry so late today to reply but had to work at the office late then dinner then American Idol, lol! We had a resident Great Blue Heron at my workplace that always sat exactly at eye level outside my office window for three years many years ago. His nickname was “Mr. Gangly.” I loved watching that bird preen itself then fly down to the river below to hunt for his fish. My window at the office at that time was on a ledge a couple of hundred feet above the river, but the tree was growing out of the side of the cliff. Hard to imagine but real for sure! I’ve also seen a random bald eagle in that tree, yay! xoxoxo

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    March 24, 2016
  29. Beautiful….

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    March 25, 2016
  30. Beautiful capture πŸ™‚

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    March 25, 2016
  31. Ha! You can tell from the first pic that one bird was still putting the finishing touches on his nest! How neat! My son recently made a bird feeder for his zoology homeschool course. He took a video of a bird eating from it this morning…it was the first feeding we’d witnessed since finishing the feeder over a month ago!

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    March 25, 2016
  32. Great pics – our herons always seem to take off long before I can get a shot of them.

    Now, on to the Friday Friends – I always look forward to them!

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    March 25, 2016
  33. Interesting birds. Thanks for the pictures.

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    March 25, 2016
  34. There are blue herons and also white – we had both when we lived in the country. You also have pictures of double crested cormorant; one by itself and the other picture where they are nesting. We saw those in Florida but not in Michigan like the herons πŸ™‚

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    March 25, 2016
  35. Very interesting birds and great pictures, Lynne.

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    March 25, 2016
  36. Ardea Cinerea or Grey Heron we call them in Europe; it reminded me of this fable from Jean de La Fontaine:

    The Heron

    One day,–no matter when or where,–
    A long-legg’d heron chanced to fare
    By a certain river’s brink,
    With his long, sharp beak
    Helved on his slender neck;
    ‘Twas a fish-spear, you might think.
    The water was clear and still,
    The carp and the pike there at will
    Pursued their silent fun,
    Turning up, ever and anon,
    A golden side to the sun.
    With ease might the heron have made
    Great profits in his fishing trade.
    So near came the scaly fry,
    They might be caught by the passer-by.
    But he thought he better might
    Wait for a better appetite–
    For he lived by rule, and could not eat,
    Except at his hours, the best of meat.
    Anon his appetite return’d once more;
    So, approaching again the shore,
    He saw some tench taking their leaps,
    Now and then, from their lowest deeps.
    With as dainty a taste as Horace’s rat,
    He turn’d away from such food as that.
    “What, tench for a heron! poh!
    I scorn the thought, and let them go.”
    The tench refused, there came a gudgeon;
    “For all that,” said the bird, “I budge on.
    I’ll ne’er open my beak, if the gods please,
    For such mean little fishes as these.”
    He did it for less; | For it came to pass,
    That not another fish could he see;
    And, at last, so hungry was he,
    That he thought it of some avail
    To find on the bank a single snail.

    Such is the sure result
    Of being too difficult.

    Would you be strong and great
    Learn to accommodate.

    Jean De La Fontaine

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    March 27, 2016
  37. Wonderful!

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    March 27, 2016
  38. I saw some beautiful birds this week in Florida, they are magnificent creatures. How is your daughter-in-law feeling? How’s that grand baby? πŸ™‚

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    April 4, 2016
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  40. nice picture

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