|Copyright: Fernando Simoes (fern)
|Date Taken: 2013-08|
|Exposure: f/0.5, 1/1000 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-08-24 9:58|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Black-crowned Night Heron|
Adults are approximately 64 cm (25 in) long and weigh 800 g (28 oz). They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. They have pale grey wings and white under parts. Two or three long white plumes, erected in greeting and courtship displays, extend from the back of the head. The sexes are similar in appearance although the males are slightly larger. Black-crowned Night Herons do not fit the typical body form of the heron family. They are relatively stocky with shorter bills, legs, and necks than their more familiar cousins, the egrets and "day" herons. Their resting posture is normally somewhat hunched but when hunting they extend their necks and look more like other wading birds.
Immature birds have dull grey-brown plumage on their heads, wings, and backs, with numerous pale spots. Their underparts are paler and streaked with brown. The young birds have orange eyes and duller yellowish-green legs. They are very noisy birds in their nesting colonies, with calls that are commonly transcribed as quok or woc, woc.
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- [2013-08-26 4:19]
I wondered why there was no response whatsoever to this lovely photograph, which is perverse, but I see that you, like some other Canadain contributors, do not interact with the site by posting critiques - which seems to lead to an "ignore" response on this site. I think this is a beautiful flight shot, very nicely lit and with perfect focus and shutter speed. My only negative comment would be that the saturation looks a little too high and the exposure data is wrong (including the exif data would be helpful). Nice work, and best wishes.