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Great Blue Heron's sudden arrival just before sunrise
Photographer: Sue Lawrence
Location: Pelican Point on Dauphin Island, AL
The sun had risen enough to light the day, but hadn't yet peeked over the clouds above the water's distant horizon. I heard a "whoosh" and turned in time to see this Great Blue Heron about to land. I quickly snapped this photo just as this breeding adult landed on the sand. He stood there and stared at the same horizon the 2 women in the background were starring at for another 2 minutes, awaiting the sunrise like the rest of us. (Note: I do not have a photo release from the 2 women in the photo, but since their faces are unidentifiable, I believe this photo meets your terms.)
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Alterations made to brightness, tint, saturation, & sharpening.
Camera Information: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, 20.4 mega pixels
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