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Purple Heron

Purple Heron
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-24 10:02
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. The European populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa; the more northerly Asian populations also migrate further south within Asia. It is a rare but regular wanderer north of its breeding range.
The Purple Heron is a large bird, 80-90 cm tall, with a 120-150 cm wingspan, but slender for its size, weighing only 0.5-1.3 kg. It is somewhat smaller than the Grey Heron, from which it can be distinguished by its darker reddish-brown plumage, and, in adults, darker grey back. It has a narrower yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults.
The Purple Heron breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.
It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs, insects, small mammals, reptiles and small birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.
It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight. The call is a loud croaking "krek".
The Purple Heron is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heron

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Hi Mircea,

I am pretty know that the lighting conditions are difficult with bird in-flight shots like this, but you've done a very good job. There is plenty of detail visible in the wing. Your shutter speed has frozen the action perfectly, and you were fortunate to have a nice blue sky for a background.
TFS and have a nice saturday night!


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2010-07-24 10:20]

Hi Mircea
Vert Nice flight shot great sharpness and Nice sky

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-24 10:48]

Hi Mircea.
Wonderful in-flight picture of a gracious bird. You have frozen it at a very attractive pose. Posture of the wings neck and legs are amazing. Sunlight and warm colours of the picture are also fine and composition of the shot is perfect. Nice work. My best wishes and TS.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-24 12:33]

Superba captura ta, si nu este atat de usor captura in zbor a unei pasari.
Detalii si culori perfcete pe un cer superb.

Hallo Mircea,
a very beautiful capture of the Purple Heron in-flight, very good sharpness and bright colours, a very pleasing composition with a splendid posture of this young Heron.
Best regards

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-07-24 19:17]

Beautiful image of this lovely heron in flight. sorry, my smiles are over. tfs.

Very nice.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-25 3:58]

Hello Mircea,
Fantastic photo of this in flight Purple Heron. Very good timing. Great sharp details and wonderful colours. Very good composition and DOF.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Mircea, great capture of fantastic flying heron, perfect focus, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Mircea,

a very nice picture from these bird inflight.
good pov and details with exellent sharpness.
fine colours.


Ciao Mircea. Wonderful flying capture in perfect details and amazing playing of light. Very good contrast.


Buna Mircea,
Excelenta captura ta de azi. Inca nu am intalnit aceasta specie de starc.
Este perfect surprinsa in zbor cu o pozitie foarte buna al aripilor.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-25 12:28]

Hello Mircea,
A fine in-flight capture of a Purple Heron. The colours, lighting , wing position and clarity contribute to fine well composed image taken from a good lateral POV against a nice clear sky.
Thanks and best regards,

Salut Mircea!
Excelenta captura! Detalii perfecte, culori naturale iar fundal clar, care scoate in evidenta foarte bine subiectul! Unde ai vanat-o? La Dumbravita?


Hi Mircea,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the purple heron in flight. It is clear and sharp. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-08-04 14:31]

Hi Mircea!
Fantastic capture of this bird in flight!
The sharpness is excellent and the details of the plumage are marvellous. Splendid light illuminating the bird.
Very well compose.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Mircea,
Not easy to take this bird flying. You did it very well. Very nice colours and composition. Have a nice week,

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