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White Faced Heron Mug Shot


White Faced Heron Mug Shot
Photo Information
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: 2004-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-23 11:31
Viewed: 6541
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Faced Heron (Ardea novaehollandiae novaehollandiae)

Self introduced from Australia the White-faced Heron is now the most common heron having benefited from the widespread conversion of forest to farmland.

This slim bluish-grey heron has a white face, chin and upper throat, and a black bill and greenish-yellow legs. Strap-shaped plumes are long and pale grey on the back and short and pinkish brown on the chest. The call is a guttural croak.

The diet is fish, frogs and tadpoles, aquatic and pasture insects, spiders, earthworms and mice.

Breeding is between June and February with the peak about October. The nest is an untidy bundle of sticks and twigs usually high up in large trees. Both adults incubate for about 26 days and usually 2 chicks are raised and fed by both parents.

Occasionally seen on TiriTiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Vital Statistics

Conservation Status: Protected Self Introduced Native
Mainland Status: Widespread and common
Size: 67cm, 550g
Life Span: Unknown
Breeding: June - October
Diet: Fish, frogs, invertebrates, mice

Image Information

Time of day: 10:33AM
Weather conditions: Sunny
Lens: Tamron 28 - 300mm XR
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/8
Flash: No
Tripod: Yes
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 400
Camera Mode: Shutter priority

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  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-23 12:42]

Pam, your new camera is really allowing you to post some stunning shots. I think this is by far your best.
Very good post. 10 out of 10

Very well done, Pam. A close portrait with the adequate background and a very sharp image of this long necked beauty. I like the overall colors, the framing and the sharp eye. Seems you have a new camera. Awaiting more of this kind! Happy Christmas.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-23 17:34]

Very good sharpness here Pam and I like the eye contact.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

Nice detail, this looks almost like a water colour painting. A little bit of white highlight burnt out on the head, but I like it.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-24 6:09]

Pros: great face, pose, composition
Cons: DOF little too short

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-24 20:12]

A great close-up portrait, Pam. I like it very much.
An excellent post: picture and note.
Thanks

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-25 4:26]

Your new camera is doing well. Great shot of this fellow, he's very much aware of you there. Well done.
You have an enjoyable Christmas holiday, regards, Janice

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