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White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Sue Thomson (SueThomson) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 192] (603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-21 0:54
Viewed: 3236
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi there, hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Today, I visited the Boondall Wetlands area which is on the northside of Brisbane. I was hoping to catch some butterflies with my Macro lens but I got lucky and saw this beautiful White-faced Heron. It was shot from quite a distance and has been cropped down quite a bit.

White-faced Herons (Egretta novaehollandiae) are also known as Blue Cranes. They are 70 cm long and are grey with a long neck and long legs. They have a white face, line of black spots down the middle of the throat, long rapier-like grey beak and have yellow legs.

In flight, their neck is usually pulled back and legs trail beyond their tail. Their underwing is grey and trailing edge is darker grey.

They have a awwk or croaking call, and may call in flight.

Their habitat is wetlands, lakes, dams, rivers, ponds, pasture, parks, fish ponds and gardens. In breeding season has long lanceolate plumes on nape, mantle and back, shorter plumes on lower fore-neck and breast.

White-faced Herons are found abundantly thoughout Australia in temporarily habitats.

I am always amused when I come back and write up my notes on the birds as my book tells me that they are all common, yet this is the first time I have seen a lot of them. Looks like I have lived the first half of my life with my eyes shut!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-21 1:05]

Hi Sue,
Very nice capture of this heron.POV,framing and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-21 1:26]

Hello Sue,
Though this has the signs of heavy cropping, the side lighting in this capture of a White-faced Heron is superb so that it shows up beautifully against the wetland BG.
This is what makes the image attractive and presumably why you shared it with us.

Hi Sue, today my neighbour:)

A wonderful shot of this beautiful white-faced heron with lovely details, good DOF and POV. I also liked the composition!TFS my friend! Have a nice day!


Hi Sue, beautiful heron with excellent details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-21 3:32]

Hello Sue, Very nice capture and well presented. Excellent framing and composition. Well done Ganesh

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-22 0:44]

Hi Sue, I see it has been cropped a lot - you have lost a lot of the sharpness and details of the bird.
But the bird itself is good to see. It is a beauty.
I can agree with what you have said - I too have lived a lot of my life with my eyes shut! P.D. Like Pre-DIGITAL days!!
Thank you

Hello Sue,
Well captured of this White-faced Heron with it's natural environment!
the lighting is good with good clarity and details on the subject!
many thanks for the useful notes as well
best regards

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-23 21:23]

Hi Sue , this is a neat view of the heron , your digital zoom gives it an almost painted feeling , an interesting effect on this shy bird. TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-03 9:37]

Hello Sue

Well done on the pov here.I can never seem to approach the herons closely before they take off.
The details are very good,and the plumage shows well.
Very good natural colours.


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