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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-11 2:37
Viewed: 2984
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Okay... Time to take a break from my Florida shots (and my effort to add biodiversity to my portfolio)... and back to my own neck of the woods, or more aptly, my own neck of the lake. Waldo the Wood Duck left unceremoniously, without saying good-bye. I wonder if his Mallard girlfriend went off with him. I miss him already. But all around me I see goslings and ducklings. I even saw a black crowned night heron snap the neck of a Mallard duckling. Such is life!
This young black crowned night heron has gotten too big for his nest and has fallen down into these bushes. He cannot fly yet, but he tries to hop around and stay out of sight. I hope you like him. : )

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax

Bihoreau couronne noire (French)
Yaboa real, Guanaba, Guaco (Spanish)

With a range that spans five continents, including much of North America, the Black-crowned Night-Heron is the most widespread heron in the world. It is most active at dusk and at night, feeding in the same areas that other heron species frequent during the day.

Medium-sized, stocky heron.
Short neck and thick black bill.
Black cap and back.
Wings gray.
Underparts white.

Cool Facts:
Young Black-crowned Night-Herons often disgorge their stomach contents when disturbed. This habit makes it easy to study its diet.
The Black-crowned Night-Heron may nest in the same tree with ibises or other herons.
Adult Black-crowned Night-Herons apparently do not distinguish between their own young and those from other nests, and will brood chicks not their own.


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Hi Manyee,

Another very good picture from you. Good focus, sharp details, and I like the composition with the leaves surrounding the bird. Well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-11 5:15]

Hello Manyee,
The thumbnail doesn't do justice to this fine capture of a fledgeling Black-crowned Night Heron. This is sharp showing the whisps of down on the plumage and I like the way it if packaged in its own framing of leaves in this well composed shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-05-11 7:46]

Hi Manyee, interesting photo, the contrast green/brown is nice. Some problems with the details, but not essential.
Regards, Dan

The little bird looks sad. I hope he does survive.
Nice simple shot - the bird and the brush. I love that sort of simplicity. You managed to capture the fear and apprehension of this little feller.

selam manyee; nice close up shot of this interesting bird,good details presented , nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-11 13:00]

Good morning Manyee, wonderful capture of this lovely night heron, the collors, composition, and the sharpness are great..well done..

Hello Manyee
Very nice shot of this Heron,
Perfect focusing and lighting,
Great BG,POV and Compo,Superb shot.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-11 18:39]

Hi Manyee
nice composition , sharp image and nice color with very good light.I like the details from the feathers.To vad that you could not capture the full head.

This looks pretty sharp to me. It also looks as if the contrast could be turned down a bit. What are the chances that the baby will survive?

Evelynn : )

Hi Manyee,
A really nice shot on this very young Night Heron. Exposure looks well managed in this contrasty light. Very accurate colors and sharp detail in the downy plumage. Nice camera work here.

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