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Black-headed Heron

Black-headed Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Karl Daniels (webphoto) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 7 N: 56] (359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL XSi 450D, Sigma 70-200 HSM II +Sigma 2.0x Extender, Kenko Pro1D UV 77mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-13 7:20
Viewed: 3490
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, common throughout much of Africa south of the Sahara, and Madagascar. It is mainly resident but some west African birds move further north in the rainy season.

This species usually breeds in the wet season in colonies in trees, reedbeds or cliffs. It builds a bulky stick nest and lays 24 eggs.

It often feeds in shallow water, spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. It will also hunt well away from water, taking large insects, small mammals and birds. It will wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

The Black-headed Heron is a large bird, standing 85 cm tall, and it has a 150 cm wingspan. It is nearly as large as Grey Heron, which it resembles in appearance, although it is generally darker. Its plumage is largely grey above, and paler grey below. It has a powerful dusky bill.

The flight is slow, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The white underwing coverts are striking in flight.

The call is a loud croaking.

Shutter Speed: 1/1000Sec.
Aperture: F11
Exposure : -2/3
ISO Speed : 400
Lens: 140-400mm
Focal Length:348.0 mm

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Very nice...captured as if motionless. Great detail. Thank you!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-13 8:55]

Hello Karl, very nice flying Heron, good details and great exposure, thanks!


Hello Karl,

Yes, This is much better!
The Heron has 'space'.
It looks to be suspended in time and space.
Good wing details and the characteristic curve of it neck.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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