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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: 2011-08-07
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, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-07 9:58
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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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Salut Mircea,
Absolut superba.....Detalii si culori excelente.

Hi Mircea,
a good in-flight shot of the purple heron. You managed well here not easy with this kind of shot.
The heron is well exposed and the sharpness and good, we can se the eye clearly.
Well done,
Best Regards

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-07 10:52]

Hi Mircea,
Excellent capture of flying heron. Gorgeous light and colours.
Good composition and details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-07 10:52]

Hello Mircea.
Clear and sharp,even the eye detail is nice.Excellent composition and perfect exposure.
Fabulous job,very well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-07 10:53]

Hi Mircea,this is perfect for the National Geographic magazine! What a pic!!!This warm light make a difference,the best moment of a day to take a in-flight pic like that,fantastic wings position,top sharpness and magnificent contrast between the heron and the sky.Very well done,have a nice week and thanks to show us this beauty.Luciano.

Hello Mircea,
Excellent shot of this Heron in-flight, great precise timing, good sharpness details, beautiful lighting and nice natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Bonjour Mircea,
Très belle valorisation du sujet grace à son opposition sur l'arrière-plan avec une remarquable maitrise de la profondeur de champ et de la vitesse.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Mircea,
great in-flight capture of this Purple Heron with good light and beautiful colours. I especially like the great sharpness with many details like the feathers on the wings.
Best wishes,

Hi Mircea,

Nice picture of this purple heron. Very well captured in the flying action.
Well done & TFS.

Impressive in flight photo Mircea! The POV, the timing, the composition and the colours are excellent. Good sharpness too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-08-07 11:53]

Hello Mircea,
An impressive capture in beautiful light! The Purple Heron is so beautiful and you timed this very well! Excellent focus, sharp details and lovely colours against the blue sky.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-08-07 12:05]

capturi in zbor...dar unele foarte reusite :), numai bine!

Hi Mircea,
Wow, fantastic action capture with perfect focus.
Colours, details and composition are excellent.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Mircea,

what an great inflight shot from this Heron in beautiful sunlight.
Good pov and sharpness with suburp details in the feathers.
Fine warm colors.


Hallo Mircea,
a fantastic capture of the Purple Heron in flight, superb sharpness, marvellous warm colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

hi mircea!
nice one on this fine heron with
good sharpness and in a nice lightning!
well done!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-07 13:55]

Hello Mircea.
wonderful shot!!
Good sharpness, wonderful contrast against the blue sky, nice natural colours for this beauty of nature.
Sincere congratulations.

Hi Mircea,

very nice capture of the Purple Heron Mircea, fabulous in-flight action shot with good wing extension, awesome warm rich colours that you get from low natural light, sharp yes indeed with splendid details, strong composition and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-08-08 0:20]

Buna Mircea,
Felicitari pentru aceasta fotografie minunata despre stirc rosu in zbor!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-08 7:47]

Hello Mircea,
Very beautiful photo of this Purple Heron in flight. Splendid warm colours and excellent sharpness. Very good timing and DOF. Beautiful contrasting blue sky in the BG.

Hi Mircea,
amazing photo of this bird in flying. Great colours. Very good sharpness. Many details.
Thanks for sharing,

wow ! congratualtions Mircea ! excellent capture, lovely light and a beautiful subject in your picture,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-10 5:06]

Hi Mircea.
It is a great in-flight picture. Timing, exposure parameters, a bit back POV are simply superb. Warm sunlight gives the image definite charm. Well done and all the best to you.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-10 11:09]

Hello Mircea,
The POV, lighting, colours, sharpness and composition against a blue sky make this a very fine in-flight capture of a Purple Heron, a species very rare in my country.
Thanks and best regards,

Beautiful shot of this heron. Good sharpness and detail.
Have a great day, Bill

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