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Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-17 8:44
Viewed: 4744
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although it’s not a rare bird, it’s A NEW SPECIES ON TN. Not in the best sharpness, but I think it is worth seeing.

The Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis, also known as the Western Reef Egret, is a medium-sized heron. It occurs mainly on the coasts in tropical west Africa, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and east to India. It has been recorded as a vagrant in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an Australian territory in the eastern Indian Ocean.

The Western Reef Heron's breeding habitat is coastal wetlands. They nest in colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. The normal clutch is two or three eggs.

This bird has two plumage colour forms. There is an all-white morph and a dark grey morph; intermediate morphs also occur. The white morph is similar in general appearance to the Little Egret, but has a thicker bill, duller legs, and a less elegant appearance. The grey morph is unlikely to be confused with any other species within the range of this egret.

These birds stalk their prey in shallow water, often running or shuffling their feet; they may also stand still and wait to ambush prey. They eat fish, crustaceans, and molluscs.

The taxonomy of this species is being seriously questioned. There are three subspecies; E. g. gularis, schistacea, and dimorpha; all of which seem to be less related than formerly believed.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter my neighbour,
this is a nice photo of this Western Reef Heron. Amazing colours. Nice composition and very good point of view. Also very educative note.
Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful capture of the Western Reef Heron, good sharpness and splendid natural colours, nice composition
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-17 9:13]

Hi Peter,
Very good photo of this interesting Bird, first time on TN, congratulations!
There are also some interesting rocks too! TFS!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-17 9:48]

Hello Peter,
A fine well composed capture of a Western reef heron walking into the water's edge. The POV shows its features with fine sharpness and natural colours. The different coloured rocks, some with fossil shells, make an attractive partial BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Peter, nice picture of this heron but unfortunately lacks a little sharpness. Too bad because the capture is very good. Also those that seem interesting fossils on the rock side of the heron. Best regards, Paolo

Hello Peter
Interesting bird!!

Hello Peter!

Great egzotic Heron - as You mentioned I've never een this specie on TN before... and as You mantioned quality isn't perfect... anyway very interesting capture.

Best Regards

Hallo Peter
as you mentioned, this is not one of the best shots of yours. Sometimes photographic features not important as much as zoological records. I prefer always new species and I am pleasured seeing such a new ones on TN.
very beautiful colors and composition.
thanks for showing us this beautiful heron with a fine shot.
best wishes and have a nice evening

Hello Peter,
A little oversharpened for some I am sure. Nevertheless, as far as I am concerned you have artist's licence and it is a very striking image..even the shells on the rocks on the right make their contribution. Very good indeed.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-17 12:20]

Hello Peter.
Clear sharp shot with very good exposure and detail. Well composed and an excellent note to go with it. Well Done & Thank You.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Peter. Bit sharp problems here but the capture is indeed interesting. Lovely compo.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-17 13:17]

Hello Peter,
A good composition with nice colors with nice POV.

hello Peter

even if the sharpness it is not the best
it is a good photo of this species of heron
and congratulations for this 1st one on TN,
the POV and framing are excellent, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-17 15:17]

Hi Peter,you work very hard whit the sharpening in PP and the background is noised,but no problem,this is a first time and it's always a great satisfaction! Good colors and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Peter,

This blue heron is a beautiful bird and not only because of its colours!
A lovely capture showing the subject in its rightful element, presented in a well balanced composition...

Pablo -

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-18 4:10]

Hello Peter,
this is magnificent view. The heron is well tamed by you in tis habitat. The lovely feathers are really astonishing. I have never seen any like this yet.
well presented in good details and features. i like the second tail on the head.


Hello Peter,
Wonderful and interesting Western Reef Heron. I"ve never seen before this superb bird.
Nice natural colors and very good focus.
Lovely composition from a close distance.
Thanks for sharing!

hallo Peter
mooie opname met veel details en mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-18 8:24]

Beautiful species of heron, wonderful color, captured well with good composition. tfs.

this is beautiful photo, have a very good compo, from your fine POV!
regards Nasos

Bonjour Peter,
La profondeur de champ ne me parait pas très bonne mais le sujet est tout de même bien valorisé dans une belle attitude et sous une bonne lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely Heron in nice walking pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
What a lovely bird with such elegant posture!
I know the picture is a little saturated but I do not care ...because the beauty is more important, isn´t it?
Nice week to you !
Greetings from Brazil,

Hallo Peter,

dacht al dat je niet meer actief was?
Alweer een mooie foto met goed gezichtsveld en scherpte.
Prachtige kleuren.
dit is een nieuwe soort voor mij.
Kijk er alleen een beetje raar op, teveel verscherpt?


Excelente encuadre y un interesante ejemplar.
Abrazo Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Very interesting heron. We meet a gray herons, and sometimes you can meet a white heron. I like the composition of photos.

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