|Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden)
|Date Taken: 2006-06-16|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-07-23 16:28|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The herons are wading birds in the Ardeidae family. Some are named as egrets or bitterns.|
Within the family, all members of the genera, Botaurus and Ixobrychus are named as bitterns, not herons and are a definable group within the family.
However, the egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white or have decorative plumes.
The classification of the individual heron 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. 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.
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- [2006-07-23 16:48]
Belle lumière et joli environnement. Dommage que l'on arrive pas à distinguer ce qu'il a dans le bec. Samuel
Very nice shot.
Only little nit: a fish in the bill would have been better than a slice of bread. Well, nothing to do about it.