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Ardea cinerea

Ardea cinerea
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 4:02
Viewed: 3229
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ardea cinerea is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions.

It is a large bird, standing 90-100 cm tall, with a 175-195 cm wingspan and a weight of 1-2 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.

Taken in Artis, Amsterdam. Just like me, the heron liked the scenery.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
16/06/2007 15:24:17
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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Hello Annick !
What a great portrait of this bird ! I have seen many, in my region, but never managed to get a good picture like this one. Excellent details, beautiful colors, nice blured BG, and I also like the traditional pose of the heron. So typical from these birds. I thinks the delicate green BG work very well with the rey color of the plumage. Very well done !

Great close up!
The details of the plumage are amazing.

Very nice shot.
The colors, pov and focus are excelent.

Hallo Annick, Mooi portret van deze blauwe reiger,lekkere kleurtjes. Goeie dof met een mooi egale achtergrond.

Hi Annick,
Beautiful captured portrait. Very nice looking heron. Excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Annick,
another great composition of your excellent work!
perfect sharpness with good pov, awesome colour and details all round!
thanks again for sharing

Nice close up of a very shy bird, it's a shame but you have realy over sharpened the picture.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-23 5:07]

Hello Annick,
You made good use of the tameness of this Amsterdam Heron by taking what I think is a fine portrait, with good sharpness, lighting and composition and set in a fine contrasting BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-23 5:58]

Hi Annick,
an amazing capture.
How did you get so close?
I think it's been cropped a bit tight in front of the beak but otherwise it's stunning.
Well done,

Hi Annick
I love these kind of portraits.
Wonderful soft green color tones in the BG and frame.
These birds always have that great angry look on there faces, lovely.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend, Harry

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-23 7:37]

Hello Annick,
Razor sharp details on this splendid portrait, thanks you for sharing Annick.

Hey Annick,
Nice shot, Good detail ans sharp especially the eye and the bodies plumage.
Good photo,

nice shot...Great color and fine detail...Good exposure.

Hello Annick, will come back later when time permits..
But hey, I looked in any case :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-23 12:50]

Hello Annick

A beautiful portrait of this beautiful heron.The technical aspects are all handled in your usual masterful way.I really like the eye and plumage detail captured here.The BG colour and hue is beautiful and makes a wonderful backdrop for the heron.TFS


Hello Annick
Fantatic portrait of this Heron,
Great compo,BG and lighting,
Wonderful DOF and POV,Superb shot,friend.


Hi Annick,
Is the the bird we know as the Grey Heron?
It is a lovely portrait, full of detail, very sharp and good colours. You must have got fairly close.
Well done,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-23 20:40]

Very nice heron portrait. Excellent close-up for 200mm lens. Nice details. Perfect exposure. Outstanding DOF and pleasing background.

Beautiful Portrait of the gray one! It really is a twin to the American Great Blue Heron, slight color difference aside.
Great Detail on a perfect background! Bravo, Annick!

Magnifique gros plan, détails superbes.

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