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Night Heron

Night Heron
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-29 0:29
Viewed: 3197
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Black-crowned Night Heron at Royal Military Canal in West Hythe. Night Heron is a rare visitor in Britain. Another picture of the same bird I posted a picture a few weeks ago. The bird has been seen in the same area during several weeks time.

From Birdguides:

Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

In: Black-crowned Night Heron Ca: Martinet de nit Da: Nathejre De: Nachtreiher Es: Martinete común Fi: yöhaikara Fr: Bihoreau gris It: Nitticora Nl: Kwak No: Natthegre Pt: Goraz Sv: Natthäger US: Black-crowned Night-Heron Ru: Кваква

Night Herons are relatively small stocky herons with broad rounded wings. The adults are mostly a delicate shade of grey showing a neat solid black saddle in flight. At close range you may see the gorgeous deep red of their eyes. Juvenile Night Herons are basically dark brown in colour but heavily marked with pale rain-drop shaped spots.

Breeds and roosts in trees and bushes usually close to shallow, reed-fringed lakes, marshes or fishponds where they feed.

Typically they roost communally by day in trees such as willows not far from water. At dusk they then fly out singly to their feeding areas, often calling as they do so.

Birds migrate in July to September to tropical Africa, returning in March-April. Some birds (less than 1% of the population) winter around the Mediterranean.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-29 0:47]

Hello Pekka,
stunning vibrant colours, beautiful pose.
Great colour and sharpness.
Thank you
Have a beautiful day

Hi Pekka,

Very sharp and clear image of the bird.


perfect shot Pekka,
beautiful colours , perfect and clear details!

Hello Pekka, nice shot of this heron.
TFS and regards,

Now this is what I consider a masterpiece in nature photography, Pekka.
This is an unbelievably sharp, crisp and colourful image of this Night Heron.
You deserve to be congratulated for the super quality you have attained in this image.
Thanks and regards,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-12-29 3:32]

Hello Pekka,
The very impressive look of the bird. Splendid colours of plumage and sharpness. You caught good light.
Regards and Happy New Year, Pawel.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-29 3:46]

Hello Pekka,
Superb quality image with plumage details and colors being exquisite. Wonderful find and capture Pekka, thank you for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-29 6:54]

Hej Pekka,
This is a superb close view of the Night Heron with all parts sharply in focus. I love the red eye and its pose. The plumage looks lovely and shiny here too. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-29 6:57]

Hello Pekka,
Another excellent capture of a Night Heron taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and well composed against the reedy BG. Very nice eye contact.
TFS this beauty,
Kind regards,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-12-29 7:23]

Hello Pekka,

The sharpnes you have shown the Heron with is impressive. Very good details of beak, eye and plumage can be well seen. The colors of the bird have been well rendered as you have made good use of the natural light.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-29 11:52]

Hi Pekka. This is a first class picture of this beautiful bird.You have used the light so well to give bright natural colours in the well detailed feathers. The eye stands out so well . All with interesting notes. well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-29 11:57]

Hi Pekka,
Great image of this night heron.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.Very well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-29 12:20]

Hi Pekka,

Fantastic close-up of this wonderful Night Heron. Since it is the only Heron I have ever seen in real life they are my favorites. Colors and details are excellent. I love the face - gorgeous eye and such a pretty colored beak. A superb pose, setting and composition.


excellent portrait of night heron with
rich details and vivid red eye
compliments Pekka!
best wishes for happy 2009

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-29 13:19]

Hi Pekka,
You've mastered the Heron shots now!
The detail here is superb!
Very sharp with great clarity.
Beautiful colours.
Best regards.


hello Pekka

beautiful image of the Black-crowned Night Heron
with a superb focus on it and excellent sharpness
and details of the plumage, fine POV and framing
and a beautiful luminosity of the image, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-31 16:31]

Hi Pekka,
a very, very good shot of this Night Heron.
Excellent detail.
Sharp and clear.
Great composition.

Happy New Year!

Well done,

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