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Indian Pond Heron

Indian Pond Heron
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-22 6:02
Viewed: 3234
Points: 8
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Squacco Heron A. ralloides / Indian Pond Heron A. grayii
I shot this bird close to Uran in the low tide swamp today. I could see many snails & patterns of snails tracks on the mud.

This is a stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the colour of the wings.

I have cropped the image and have not altered its basic composition.


The herons are wading birds in the Ardeidae family. There are 64 recognised species in this family. Some are called egrets or bitterns instead of herons. Within the family, all members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as bitterns, and - including the Zigzag Heron or Zigzag Bittern - are a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. However, egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white and/or have decorative plumes. Although egrets have the same build as the larger herons, they tend to be smaller.

The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationship of the genera in the family is not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family Cochlearidae, the Boat-billed Heron, is now regarded as a member of the Ardeidae.

Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises and spoonbills, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched. They are also one of the bird groups that have powder down.

Some members of this group nest colonially in trees; others, notably the bitterns, use reedbeds.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-22 8:44]

Hi Subhash,incredible background....not only a heron but a very very beautiful composition,excellent sharpness of the bird and a impressive light position that make a great difference.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Subhash! Fantastic heron, wonderful scenery, very interesting background. Natural lightness, ideal colours. Perfect sharpness. Good luck!

hello Subhash

excellent photo of the Indian Pond Heron,
fine POV, fine focus with excellent sharpness
and details, i love to see his feets traces, TFS


Lovely composition, Dr. Ranjan.
Impressive light control... for a very sunny location.
Sharp too.
The background too is very well focused.
Warm regards,

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