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The Stalk

The Stalk
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-13 21:13
Viewed: 3530
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Yellow Crowned Night Heron stalking the flats at low tide. This shot was taken in the early morning light at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida. A bird photographers paradise.

I had to crop into this shot farther than I normally do to get the composition I wanted. Many of the shots here require 500-600mm of glass with an extender. Out of my price range at this time. So the tradeoff is some loss of detail, but still worth posting.

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax violaceus, is a smaller heron, similar in appearance to the Black-crowned Night Heron.

Adults are 61 cm long and weigh 625 g. They have a white crown and back with the remainder of the body greyish, red eyes and short yellow legs. They have a white stripe below the eye. Juveniles resemble young Black-crowned Night-Herons, being mainly brown flecked with white or grey.

Their breeding habitat is swamps and marshes in the eastern United States to north-eastern South America. They often nest in colonies, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs overhanging water. they lay 3-5 pale blue-green eggs.

In warmer locations, some are permanent residents; others migrate to Central America and the West Indies. They may occasionally wander north to the lower Great Lakes or Ontario after the breeding season.

These birds stalk their prey or stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They mainly eat crustaceans, mollusks, frogs, aquatic insects and small fish.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-13 21:50]
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Hi Scott
Great capture of this heron doing the 'cat walk'.
The composition is fabulous with the reflection and the cropping you've done. Exposure was well balanced, colours are nice, and DOF & BG are good.
Good work and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-13 22:21]

That's such a pretty heron, Scott.
I once saw one from far away, in Costa Rica.
I would really like to see one close-up one day.
Good job. LIke the reflection too. TFS. : )

Very nice refection of this heron in the water Scott.
Excellent colors and good POV and BG.

Hi Scott,
very good shot of the heron. The reflections are amazing.
Well composed, good details and nice colours.
The exposure are spot on and the Dof brings the bird out nicely.
Great work, my friend.

Hi Scott,
Brilliant capture of beautiful image!
Perfect lighting and exposure, excellent composition,
very nice colours and very good details.
Very well done my friend!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-14 3:18]

Hello Scott, splendid shot for this "WALK OF HERON", lack of music!! I like the reflection on the sand, beautiful colors too. TFS, Didier.

Hello Scott,
This is a very good picture. The details and lighting are really nice, great POV too. The bird is captured in a lovely pose.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-14 4:15]

Hi Scott, nice composition. Excellent light, detail and reflection. TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-14 4:34]

The Stalker at work! I love the raised foot Scott, he's stepping out softly, trying to catch his prey.
Good reflection of the bird and sky. Nice and sharp and great POV, well done

Hi Scott

Wow... that reflection is so clear! This is great work. Lovely colours and light. Tack sharp with excellent exposure. Awesome Scott!! :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-14 5:10]

Hello Scott!
Very nice capture.POV,lighting,details,colors,reflections on
water and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-14 7:06]

Hi Scott!

I like this picture very much. Why? Because of wide open and clear composition. There is lot of space on your photo and distorted reflection in water looks really good. Interesting bird in great pose.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-14 7:39]

Hi Scott,
Great shot, he looks like he's doing the goose-step :) Excellent detail and exposure, and a subtle composition that works really well. Great note too, a great post.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-14 12:14]

Scott, worth posting indeed.

And I like the composition too.

Besides, great colors and pov.

A classic theme, a very nice photo, since the reflection does add a lot to the image.

What a capture! I like the reflection and the birds pointed foot. Nice action shot. You cropped it well for composition, captured some good natural light & left excellent notes. Well done.

Hi Scott,
A nice classic picture, I like the reflections; the time exposure is good.
A new heron for me, looks like semi-bald and with a beard :)

Fantastic reflection shot, the colors and details are perfect as well as the POV. :)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-14 18:16]

Hello Scott, lovely pose...looks quite comical really. Great to get the reflection too. The lighting and eyes are fantastic. Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-14 23:48]

So sharp and clear Scott, it's almost in 3D. Well composed and well exposed. Beautiful warm colors. Thanks.


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-03-15 19:49]

Hi Scott,
Excellent capture my friend.
I like your pov,colors,sharpness,dof,note and reflection.Well Done.TFS

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-16 9:05]

Hello Scott,
This is a very nice capture.
You've cropped and composed the shot very well.
It has nice detail and clarity,the reflection looks great.
A great shot.


Hi Scott,
I like the leg-up pose and great reflection here most of all. Very good exposure, color and sharpness also. Composed well,
Very well done.

Very nice capture Scott! The light and reflection are great. Good details and nice POV. Thanks for sharing!

Wow!excellent shot,I have'nt seen this type of bird before..love the reflections and comp.
Well done...

Hello Scott,
very nice capture with great colours and sharpness/dof. Very good composition. Thank you for posting.

Beautiful photo. He looks so fragile against that glass like reflection. Great composition, exposure and DOF. Beautiful lighting - was this taken in the morning sun? Just curious- have you seen this with a low intensity warming filter like 12-15%? Thank you for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-17 22:39]

Hi Scott,
nice capture, the beautiful light and the clear reflection add a lot of interest. Good POV and sharpness.

Beautiful bird-reflection of the bird duo. Great instant. Looks like it is practicing some balet moves.

And as usual, technically flawless.

Regards, Petru

Delightful composition, Scott.
You have captured the bird in an elegant posture. The minimal detals fill the canvas beautifully.

Hi Scott! The reflection is very nice here! I love the awkward moment captured, too. the bird seems well placed in the frame. Nice work!

Hi Scot,
crisp and clear.
Sharp, and charmingly funny.
Great shot.
Thanks and regards,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-06 7:54]

Hi Scott
Great capture
Very nice refection in the water Scott.
Excellent colors and good POV and BG.
Well done


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