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Grey Heron

Grey Heron
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-06-22 12:44
Viewed: 2899
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TN friends,
This shot was taken during our May 2013 visit to the Kruger National Park.
Hope you enjoy it and comments are welcome.

Grey Heron

Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)[1]

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Pelecaniformes

Family: Ardeidae

Genus: Ardea

Species: A. cinerea

Binomial name:
Ardea cinerea
Linnaeus, 1758

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions. It has become common in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast.

It is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm (39 in) tall and measuring 84–102 cm (33–40 in) long with a 155–195 cm (61–77 in) wingspan. The body weight can range from 1.02–2.08 kg (2.2–4.6 lb). Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful, pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The call is a loud croaking "fraaank". The Australian White-faced Heron is often incorrectly called a Grey Heron. In Ireland the Grey Heron is often colloquially called a "crane".

There are four subspecies:
• Ardea cinerea cinerea Linnaeus, 1758. Europe, Africa, western Asia
• Ardea cinerea jouyi Clark, 1907. Eastern Asia
• Ardea cinerea firasa Hartert, 1917. Madagascar
• Ardea cinerea monicae Jouanin & Roux, 1963. Islands off Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania.
It is closely related and similar to the American Great Blue Heron, which differs in slightly larger size, and chestnut-brown flanks and thighs.

Food and feeding
It feeds in shallow water, catching fish, frogs, and insects with its long bill. Herons will also take small mammals and reptiles. They occasionally take birds up to the size of a Water Rail. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

City life
In the Netherlands, the Grey Heron has established itself over the past decades in great numbers in urban environments. In cities like Amsterdam, they are ever present and well adapted to modern city life. They hunt as usual but also visit street markets and snackbars. They are also present at the zoo during feeding times for penguins, pelicans and seals. Some individuals make use of people feeding them at their homes or recreational fishermen to share their catch. Similar behaviour on a smaller scale has been reported in Ireland.

This species breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes, the seashore or other wetlands, although it will also nest in reedbeds. It builds a bulky stick nest.

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Hello Carl,
What a gorgeous fellow.....I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness, dept of field and colors of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice POV and outstanding clarity. It is a superb photo with a lovely specie of bird very shy in my country. Excellent clarity and WB.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-22 13:02]

Hello Carl,
Very beautiful photo of this Grey Heron in excellent sharpness and details. Splendid light and beautiful natural colours against a fine blue background. Fantastic composition.

Hello Carl,
Excellent photograph of Grey Heron, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, outstanding background and excellent lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-22 15:38]

Hi Carl,absolutely perfect,what a pose and what a magnificent heron taken in the best details and colors,very well done,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

GREAT photo Carl! Nice pose, excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Hello Mr.Carl,
First time in your picture gallery attracting by this Heron.
Excellent work.Eye-catching POV with good sharpness.I like its natural colour too.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Carl,
照的很清晰 也很美麗 構圖優美

Nothing to say, just perfect Carl
exposure, bg, compo all at their best

Hallo Carl
A striking image! All details of this rather huge bird is so beautifully seen. It is sharp and clear, and it stands out well of the sky as background. I just love the stiched markings on the rounded neck. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Beautiful capture with natural colors and good sharpness.


Ciao Carl, great capture of lovely Heron in nice pose, perfect focus on eye, fie details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-06-23 21:04]

Hello Carl,

Super sharp and impressively fine heron composition with a lovely light producing finely separated and the truest of colors for this pastel beauty. Perfect pov and the deadwood prop is thick icing on this photo cake!



Hi Carl,
Great photo with beautiful pose, sharpness and compo. Due to the narrow color palette of the image, I thought it should even be more spectacular in b/w. Of course it doesn't mean I don't like the original capture, it's an outstanding pic, I just had another idea. Congrats for the nice shot.
Best regards, László


A well composed pic of the heron. I like the clear BG, POV, sharpness, lighting and DOF.


Hello Carl

Excellent photo of the Heron with a beautiful light,
fine POV and appropriate vertical framing,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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