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Chinese Pond Heron @Ardeola bacchus

Chinese Pond Heron @Ardeola bacchus
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-17 19:05
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Points: 52
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he Chinese Pond Heron, Ardeola bacchus, is an East Asian wading bird of the heron family (Ardeidae).
Adult in winter plumage

The Chinese Pond Heron is typically 47 cm long with white wings, a yellow bill with a black tip, yellow eyes and legs. Its overall colour is red, blue and white during breeding season, and greyish-brown and flecked with white at other times.

It is found in shallow fresh and salt-water wetlands and ponds in China and adjacent temperate and subtropical East Asia. Essentially a lowland bird, its range is delimited by the subarctic regions in the north, and by the mountain ranges in the west and south.

The species is prone to some vagrancy. One individual in breeding plumage was seen by the river at Bonzon near Gangaw – just inside the Chin State of Burma –, west of the species' usual range, on April 8, 1995. A stray bird stopping over on Saint Paul Island, Alaska on August 4-9, 1997 was the first recorded occurrence of this species in the USA.

Its food consists of insects, fish, and crustaceans. The Chinese Pond Heron often nests in mixed-species heronries. It lays a clutch of 3-6 blue-green eggs.[1]

It is fairly common and not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

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Hi MF Foozi,

Excellent capture of this cute faced Chinese pond heron which i have never seen before in a fine pose taken from nice POV with impeccable details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice sunday MF!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-17 22:24]

Hello Foozi,
A vey nice capture of an adult Chinese Pond Heron in breeding plumage.
The POV, lighting, colours, clarity and BG are all excellent and contribute to a fine portrait of this beautiful species of heron.
Thanks and best regards to you,

Hello Foozi, excellent shot of this lovely heron from great POV.
TFS and regards,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-04-17 23:46]

Hello Foozi,

Really a super well shot of these heron.
Excellent how we see the beak and eye, this is perfect.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-18 1:00]

Hi Foozi,beautiful ambientation and beautiful pic of this heron,another specie new for me,maybe the sharpness isn't at the top but i know how isn't easy to take birds..eehe...thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-18 1:14]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful photo of this Chinese Pond Heron. Very sharp, fine natural colours an an excellent composition. Good DOF and POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-18 3:21]

Hello Foozi,
What a lovely capture of this wonderful Heron in bright colours. I like its pose and your POV and details are very sharp. Lovely light and well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-18 3:56]

Good pose by this colorful heron with fine composition, simple yet beautiful. tfs.

Hi Foozi,

It is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the chinese pond heron. The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Ciao Foozi. Not best sharp but very good light and colours. Nice compo. Never seen it. TFS MF!


hello Foozi
great pose of this beautiful Heron
good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

hello Foozi

excellent photo of the Chinese Pond Heron on his hunting pose,
very fine low POV at its level, fine framing, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


very nice heron, TFS Ori

Salut Foozi
Très belle photo que ce bel oiseau,Tu as eu vraiment de la chance d'avoir pu prendre cette superbe photo. Beau cadrage , belle composition les détails sont supers et très joli BG
Merci et au revoir ....JP

ciao Foozi!
good capture of Ardeola bacchus in its eviroment

thanks sERGIO

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-18 11:50]

Hello Foozi,
a wonderful bird and a shot with excellent sharpness. I love the golden eye and the pose of this majestic bird.Very well done.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi,
Great capture of this Heron taken with fine details, good colors and lovely composition.

salam alaikum akhi Foozi
Ardeola bacchus is very beautiful heron and similar to Ardeola ralloides here, with some different colored plumage. you greatly captured it roosting. focus, colors, exposure and POV great. nicely composed and presented with good informative notes. thanks a lot for sharing, best wishes and salams

Hi Foozi,

Pleasing to the eye from a great capture.
Very nice vivid colors and fine details.
Light, accompanied by a successful Composition, perspective and Sharpness.
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-18 17:05]

Hi Foozi,

This is the first time I have seen this Heron. A beautiful bird in a wonderful pose. The colors are amazing - the wonderful yellow eye, the chestnut brown feathers with the white are stunning. Fine details of the face, eye, and feathers. It was so nice to be introduced to this Chinese Pond Heron.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-04-18 22:09]

Hi Foozi,
What a great capture with excellent colors and perfest sharp details.Wonderful shot.
Best regards,

Hi Foozi

Cool shot of this pond heron; I have only managed to get them in non-breeding plumage. They are quite attractive in breeding plumage. Good pose and composition, good sharpness.


Hello Foozi! Superb heron, amazing scene and scenery. Nice light and bright. Good exposure. Perfect sharp. Well done!

Ciao Durzan, splendid Heron in a beautiful natural ambientation, splendid light, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi,
a splendid portrait of the Chinese Pond Heron, good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, a very pleasant composition with a lovely pose of the bird.
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-26 4:44]

Hello Foozi,
A wonderful vivid bird-picture! Interesting pose of this Chinese Pond Heron, all concentrated on an eventual prey. I love the decentredcomposition of your shot and the luminous water-environment. Very interesting and pleasing posting.
Thanks a lot
Kind regards

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