Purple Heron Greeting
|Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h)
|Date Taken: 2008-02-05|
|Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-02-07 8:58|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. The European populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa; the more northerly Asian populations also migrate further south within Asia. It is a rare but regular wanderer north of its breeding range.|
It is a large bird, 80-90 cm tall, with a 120-150 cm wingspan, but slender for its size, weighing only 0.5-1.3 kg. It is somewhat smaller than the Grey Heron, from which it can be distinguishes by its darker reddish-brown plumage, and, in adults, darker grey back. It has a narrower yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults.
It breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.
It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs or insects with its long, sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.
I was waiting to take a picture of the River tern( I will upload tomorrow) And saw this Activity just behind me, in Ranganthittu Bird sanctuary. Bow this place is full of Bird activities. Then, i waited for another 30 minutes, for one of the bird to return and clicked continuously, abot 6 frames. As usual, one of them is fairly good.This is Both birds greeting each other.
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Satish, Great timing. Did you also notice the breeding plumage?
- Murali Santhanam
- [2008-02-07 9:10]
its a beautiful picture..had never seen a purple heron before(too close)..good picture,
very beautiful picture.. mpavo....
- [2008-02-07 10:35]
A colorfull and well captured interaction,well composed and tfs
- [2008-02-07 14:05]
Excellent capture.Well composed image.Colors and light are very nice.
- [2008-02-07 15:56]
Gorgeous shot. A bit soft in the heads but other than that everything is just right. Very beautiful light and great situation! Kudos, Satish!
- [2008-02-08 18:15]
Satish, Great shot and lovely posture. You really got the great movement. Ganesh