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Night Heron

Night Heron
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 11:14
Viewed: 3450
Favorites: 1 [view]
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Night Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax

Adults are 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. These are short-necked and stout herons

The breeding habitat is fresh and salt-water wetlands throughout much of the world. The subspecies N. n. hoactli breeds in North and South America from Canada as far south as Patagonia, and the nominate race N. n. nycticorax in Europe, Asia and Africa. Black-crowned Night Herons nest in colonies on platforms of sticks in a group of trees, or on the ground in protected locations such as islands or reedbeds. Three to eight eggs are laid.

This heron is migratory outside the tropical parts of its extensive range, where it is a permanent resident. The North American population winters in Mexico, the southern United States, Central America, and the West Indies, and the Old World birds winter in tropical Africa and southern Asia.

These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, and small mammals. During the day they rest in trees or bushes. The New World race is more gregarious outside the breeding season than the nominate race.

They are often found nesting or roosting within cities in avenue trees on busy roads.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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Hi Selen
Great sharp image with great contrast and good composition. Also very informative note
Best wishes

Merhaba Selen,
well captured of this beautiful night Heron!
good pose with total sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done and the wonderful notes

Hello Selen,
Very good details and sharpness! Beautifuljuvenile Night Heron...

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-29 11:52]

Wonderful shot, sharp and detail are great. Nice color and pose, background is very good

Hello Selen
Excellent shot of this Night Heron,
Perfect details,pose and exposure,Superb shot.
Cool Intro :o)


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-29 13:46]

Hello Selen,
Great sharp photo with a perfect focus. The details are very good. Beautiful natural colours, good contrast and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-29 13:48]

Hi .Just got home after a long day .so just to say this is a very good picture .full comments later.

Hi Selen,
Beautiful capture of this juvenile night Heron.The details are very good and very informative note.
Best wishes


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-29 14:53]

Hi Selen

Lovely POV - great detail and exposure on the feathers and good eye contact.


Hi Selen,
Excellent shot of this Night Heron the detail is just stunning, well framed and presented, all the best, Cheers Rick

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-29 19:36]

Hello Selen

A very impressive image,the POV is remarkable.
The clarity is superb.The focus is tack sharp with sharp details.
The plumage detail is near perfection,with excellent markings and pattern detail.
You have managed the lighting masterfully and have captured natural and vivid colour.
Wonderful eye detail,and the area around the eye to the beak has excellent colour reproduction.
The timing seems right,as you have clicked just as this heron grabbed some lunch.
Well composed in the frame,a textbook quality image.


hello selen,
lovely shot of the night heron, the details of the plumage is excellent, precise dof, well composed shot, beautiful colours, good eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Selen,
wonderfull and very sharp capture, splendid colors , great focus and excellent point of view,

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-11-29 23:44]

Fantastic shot with excellent details.TFS!

An impeccable image Selen.
I like the details around the eyes. The sharpness of feathers is also really good. TFS...My guess would not have been a night heron, but a green heron.
I hope you enjoy the weekend:)

Excellent portrait of the bird. Good sharpness. I like that intense look.
Best wishes,

Hello Selen,
Fantastic shot of the juvenile Night Heron.Good pose with great sharpness and feather details.Nice blurred background. Thanks for the share,
P.S. I have added it to my favorites, hope you won't mind.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-30 1:00]

Fabulous shot Selen!
The colours and patterns are very cool.
Ultimate clarity and sharpness.
Superbly composed as well.
Well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-30 2:49]

Very impressive Selen,
perfect DOF and superb detail as always...that eye is mesmerising! What a great looking bird, beautiful markings, very well done.

Hi Selen,
Great capture of this beautiful bird... appear to be in hypnosis!
Excellent sharpness and colors.
Shot rich in details.
Very well done!
Best regards,
José Roberto

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-30 7:53]

Hi Selen.
What a nice and perfectly done close-up picture. Its pose and expression of eyes are simply charming. Feathers and other cute details of the bird are reproduced nicely. Coloration and sharpness are great. I also like pleasantly coloured smooth BG and framing. Bravo and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-30 8:28]

Hello Selen,
Amazing close-up of this Night Heron in a fine pose. Great sharpness, fine colours and lovely contrasting background. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Selen hanım,
yine harika bir çekiminizi zevkle izliyorum. açıdan, netliğe, göz temasına 4/4. çok çok güzel olmuş. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-30 19:29]

Hi Selen,
Wow.......a stunning shot with such impeccable sharp details and colours on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and I particularly like the details around its eyes. The darkish BG works perfect here in highlighting the Heron. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • memo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 5] (108)
  • [2007-12-01 5:04]

perfect capture. flawless!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-01 9:44]

Hello selen,
Superb capture of a juvenile Night Heron. marvellous pose captured with excellent sharpness from a good POV to give a wonderful view of the eye as it has just caught an insect. Great contrasting bokeh and pleasing composition.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Selen,
Sharp & detailed, very good color, exposure, DOF, and an interesting pose/POV. I find myself peering at the beak, trying to figure out what it's got there :)
A damselfly or nymph??
Well done!

Hello Selen,
I like this pose, it makes him look so suspicious!
Wonderful details in the plumage, excellent colour reproduction...
A well balanced composition, a very attractive image!
Pablo -

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-02 7:15]

Well done Selen, the details are great on this youngster. It's sharp and the exposure is very good. I like the intensity in its eye. Well done,


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-12-02 10:35]

Merhaba Selen hanım çok güzel karelerinizden bir tane daha tebrik ederim

Merhaba Selen. Una especie que me encanta, los has capturado con una calidad muy buena y muy buen POV y DOF. Un saludo y TFS.

José Luis

What a beauty, Selen. Crisp and sharp and in typical pose! Aside from the plumage differences - he looks quite like a Black Crowned Night Heron in body shape! :) Very well done! Cheers, Klaus

Merhaba Selen, a gorgeous close shot fine focus and detail, good clean bg separation, perfect pov. well composed TFS Selamlar Necip

Hola Selen, una magnífica toma por el gran enfoque conseguido y que permite observar con detalle toda la belleza de este ave. Buena luz y encuadre.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

Beautifully sharp with excellent feather detail. Strong composition and the subject has an interesting pose. That eye really holds your attention. Nicely done.

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