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Chinese Pond Heron Camouflaged

Chinese Pond Heron Camouflaged
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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: 2010-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-24 23:26
Viewed: 2872
Points: 22
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Eventhough it could be seen here, in the real place this heron is so difficult to see.
One thing he stand so still and secondly, the colours of the plumage is almost similar to the surroundings.
I came as slowly as possible because I could sense the present of a heron. But I could not get the right spot. Then it flew away. There was a small pool in the padi field where this heron like to stay.
So after twenty minutes or so I came again and this time Im ready. I set the camera ready and slowly approaching in the car.
The heron was confident that I did not see him. Yes, I just pretended...I drove very slowly...I open the door slowly...i gambled and took time to show my camera.
After a few shot. it flew again. But Im satisfied.

The 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.

Ref : wikipedia

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  • sotos (313)
  • [2010-04-25 0:47]

Hello Foozi.
very nice photo of this heron in the natural place beautiful colors and good pose

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-25 2:03]

Hi Foozi,was truely a perfect camouflage but you have greats eyes to discover situations like that..ehhe..and the great sharpness of your pic is the best way to see perfectly this colorfull heron,very nice composition! Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-04-25 4:01]

Hi Foozi,
Good capture with nice colors and perfect details.TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-25 4:36]

Hello Foozi,
Nice photo of this Chinese Pond Heron. Beautiful natural colours. Maybe a bit more sharpness on the heron was possible. Very good POV and composition.

Atractiva gama de colores y elementos que rodean al ave, lástima que esta te quedara algo desenfocada.
Un abrazo Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-25 5:35]

Hello Foozi,
These Herons have fantastic camouflage markings whereby they're really hard to spot! You caught this one nicely in a great pose looking very observant. A bit soft but still well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Foozi, great camouflage for this lovely heron, wonderful natural ambientation, splendid sharpness and good colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Foozi. Another fantastic catpure with exciting light trought the graphic environment. Very good colours.


Hello Foozi,
a very beautiful capture of the Chinese Pond Heron, good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, a very nice composition with a beautiful mimetic plumage of the bird in a splendid environment.
Best regards

hello Foozi

excellent photo of the Chinese Pond Heron camouflaged
with his environment/habitat, fine POV, fien focus
sharpness and details, excellent contrasty luminosity, TFS


Hi Foozi,

The vegetation is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the heron. The late morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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