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Nankeen Night Heron II

Nankeen Night Heron II
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Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-28 1:29
Viewed: 4084
Points: 44
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Nankeen Night Heron

It looks rather fierce!

The Nankeen Night Heron, Nycticorax caledonicus also commonly referred to as the Rufous Night Heron, and in Melanesia as Melabaob, is a medium-sized heron. It is found throughout much of Australia except the arid inland, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia.

The Nankeen Night Heron stands about 60cm tall. It is not strictly nocturnal. It often feeds during the day, especially during wet weather. The bird is dependent on a diet of small fish, reptiles, insects and sometimes eggs. It can be seen around freshwater rivers, lakes, bulrushes, estuaries, harbors and in residential fishponds for goldfish.

Size: 56 - 66cm

Voice: Loud "K-oark", deep-throated rumbling at roost.

Nesting: Primarily breeds September - April. A nest platform is built of sticks in a high tree near water, in communal groups.

Eggs: 2-5 light green. Incubation 22 days. Fledge 42-49 days.


Other facts about Herons:

What is the smallest heron in the world?

Answer: Only 11-14 inches long, the Least Bittern is the smallest heron in the world.

What North American heron is most associated with saltwater habitats?

Answer: The Reddish Egret is the North American heron most associated with saltwater habitats.

What species is also known as the "crab-eater"?

Answer: The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is also known as the "crab-eater." This species was introduced to
Bermuda in a successful attempt to bring land crabs under control there.


PP Work:
Selective Sharpened
Reduced some background noise.
Reduced for TN

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Oh I tried to capture on of these yesterday, but it was far away.
This one is so well focused, and detailed.
Very good work. How did you get so close to this?

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-03-28 3:54]

Very nice shot Steph,
the head is a little out of focus but it is very well composed with an appropriate background.
Well done,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-28 6:44]

Hello Stephanie,
What a great catch such nice colours and the eye is very special, sharpness is very good, I like your POV and BG

Bonsoir Stéphanie
Une excellente photo avec cette belle présentation avec ce héron ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées, félicitations.
Merci et bravo...JP

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-28 12:37]

Hi Steph,

Wonderful closeup of this heron who seems to be looking right at you. The colors are wonderful especially against this bg. Marvelous details. Lovely shot.


Hi Steph,
What a handsome Heron with that lovely, smooth plumage!
You have done a great job in this close-up portraiture.
The image is very sharp and beautiful.

Hi Stephanie,
Great capture,I like the POV and the composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-28 17:34]

Hi Stephanie. a very good shot. good warm colour with good detail in the feathers and eye. + for the DOF, well done..

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-28 18:30]

Hi Steph
Great portrait ,very sharp with beautifull colors.Perfect DOF
with very nice colors dor the BG
TFS Michel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-28 21:07]

Hello Steph,
This closeup has very sharp focus and great colors, and I always like your notes, thanks for a great job Steph.

Hi Stephanie,
Excellent composition and POV on this Heron. Some what similar to our Black-crowned night Heron. The beautiful subtle color of the plumage is amazing, Nice intricate detail here. A very nice shot!

Hi stephanie

In fact i love talk to animals. i don't care what people think about me but i sometomes talk to them, like talking to people. it is fun. in this shot its like he is looking at you: (with strong voice) what do u want from me? what is that big in your hand? hoho don't come closer!!
nice shot, with great details.
well done


Hello Stephanie,
Very nice portrait of this beautiful heron. Well focused and exposed picture. Very well done and tfs.

bonjour stephanie
ce portrait est encore mieux que la vue globale de l'oiseau,belles couleurs et bon piqué sauf peu etre un peu juste sur l'oeil.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-29 8:29]

I just love the pose, the composition and the light in the eye of this delightful capture. Superb dof, with a nicely out-of-focus background that contrasts well with your subject

What lovely soft colors you captured here, Stephanie. Manual focus may have prevented the camera from focusing on the wing rather than the eye. The light is really nice.

Evelynn : )

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-29 23:58]

Stephanie, in my opinion, a little bit more of sharpness would improve the image. Apart from that, a great image.

I like composition and colors a lot. Great note too.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-30 6:12]

Hi Stephanie, a wonderful close up of the Night Heron with a great POV and DOF. Lovley colours and fine sharpness in the feathers. The light is also fabulous. Very nice work.

Hola Stephanie,
Otro bello y elegante retrato, la luz y los colores, así como la nitidez y las texturas son magníficas. Un cordial saludo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-30 15:15]

Hi Stephanie.
It looks wonderful. Great close-up and cropping. Very impressive portrait of this amazing bird. Excellent and pleasant to eyes colour palette. BG is simply perfect too. Superb done and TFS.

J'aime beaucoup la composition de vos photos, couleur et profondeur dans des contrastes intéressants, bravo

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-07 15:32]

Hello Stephanie, you did a really great composition with a very good technique too. I like the tight crop and the wonderful dark background ! Thanks !


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