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Pied Heron

Pied Heron
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS + EF 1.4X II Ex, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-11 3:25
Viewed: 5093
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pied Heron Ardea picata, is found in coastal and subcoastal areas of monsoonal northern Australia as well as some parts of Wallacea and New Guinea.

It is a small heron, with dark slaty wings, body and crested head, with a white throat and neck. Immature birds lack the crest as well as the dark colouring on the head and may look like small versions of the White-necked Heron. Its habitat mainly comprises a range of wetlands and wet grasslands. It feeds on insects and other small aquatic animals. It nests in trees, including mangroves, often colonially with other species of heron.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 4:24 p.m.
Date: 5th May 2007
Weather conditions: Dark Inside free flight aviary
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM
Extender: Canon EF 1.4X II
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/4.5
Focal Length: 190mm
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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beautiful colors

aleks ;)

That's beautifully captured night shot with great clarity(something expected out of the Canon 70-200mm 'L').

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-11 6:25]

Hi Pam, this is a lovely shot! I have never seen this Heron before, your exposure on the feathers is excellent. A lovely pose from the Heron also. Great light and sharpness, great dof.

great pic, I did not like the frame though, TFS Ori

Hello Pam,

How majestic! This Pied Heron is surely a great subject to photograph! Very beautiful with the dark blueish cloak and white collar! You captured it very well!


This is a great composition following the rule of thirds! You placed the bird along the left third and left the space in front of it empty. The eye contact is also very good. It helps establishing a relationship between the viewer and the subject. By using the flash to illuminate the foreground you isolated the heron from the darker background. Additionally, the blurriness in the background helps making the subject stand out! Very well done!


I just love this combination of dark blue and white! It has something royal in it! The colors are well saturated and look natural in the flashlight.


Excellent contrast in the plumage! The flash light created great contrast in the foreground which emphasizes the subject. Keeping the contrast low in the background was mandatory for this shot.


Very good camera work to correctly expose this scene! In spite of the low light conditions you captured outstanding details in both highlights and shadows. The use of the flashlight was a must! The only drawback is the shadow it cast on the tree trunk. But this is not distracting since the background is darker anyway.


Outstanding focus on the heron! This led to very sharp details in the bird's plumage! I wasn't able to spot any sharpness fall-off on the subject! The blurred background is a result of a well controlled DOF.

Overall an outstanding capture in spite of the scarce light! The useful notes complete your presentation! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-11 11:02]

Hi Pam,
this is a great shot of this Heron.
The pose is brilliant along with the composition and DOF.
Well done,

Hi Pam,
Another outstanding fill flash exposure. Colors and detail look great. The clarity and detail look amazing. Same camera and lens setup I use. :) Very well done!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-16 3:10]

What a beauty, Pam.
On my recent trip to Florida, I saw many different kinds of herons that I was not familiar with, namely the tri-colored heron and the little blue egret, as well as the green heron. And here you are with yet another species.
I really like the pose and the long feather sticking out of his head.
Excellent details and light.
TFS. : )

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