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black crowned nightheron

black crowned nightheron
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 8:53
Viewed: 5410
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Abuko reserve in Gambia is the place to be when you want to spot birds. I spotted this heron from a hide.
This heron is quite common in great parts of Africa. For more details about this bird I refer to previous postings.

Luis52, writerscrawlz, vanderschelden, gerbilratz, Juyona, NinaM, rcrick has marked this note useful
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Hi Zeno
Perfect shot. Firs of all beautiful delicate colors and light. Also good compo, great sharpness and very good OOF not disturbing background
Best wishes

Hi Zeno,

nice picture :) The bird is captured very sharp. The background looks perfect. Very good lightning and colors.

TFS Tatjana

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2008-02-28 9:04]

Hi Zeno,
lovely lighting and compo.
I like the POV and the pose is well captured,

Cheers :D

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-28 9:07]

Hi Zeno,
Outstanding shot and a fabulous pose captured. Nice colours and details on its plumage and I particularly like the light & shadow effect. A precise DOF isolates the subjects from the smooth BG and a great POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-28 9:15]

lovely picture of this Nightheron,very good details and nice compo too,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-28 9:25]

Hola Zeno.
Great image You have here Zeno. Excellent sharpness in the main subject. Lovly feathers and pose in the branch too.
difuse BG makes it better.
Your friend

Ha Zeno,

Fantastisch shot van deze "Kwak"
Schiterende compo met een prima pose van je model
perfect scherp en goed gedetaileerd
Prima DOF an achtergrond

TFS Thijs

Hi Zeno,

what a fine detailed capture of this bird.
Stands out well against the nicely OOF background, TFS and keep up the good work.


Stunning colors, and I love the crossed legs - or is the politically correct way to say this is that the pose is wonderful? These days, who knows? I love the nice balance of light, colors, and the soft background. At the same time, the fine details such as the colors of his legs, the fine edge of his bill, and the soft colors of his feathers makes him a fine subject. Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 11:52]

Hi Zeno. This is an excellent shot. the detail is spot on . good natural colour and good use of the light. a nice POV/DOF. I like the pose you have captured on the old branch. well done TFS.

Hallo Zeno,
Mooi werk!
Het licht zit echt goed hier.
De achtergrond mag er ook zijn...

excellent image of the heron, lovely and natural colours and a good pose...TFS

Hi Zeno,
Great shot with a beatiful light and composition. The attitude of this heron is quite funny. Well done!

Stupenda immagine, eccellente composizione, superbi dettagli e bellissimi colori. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-28 15:36]

Hola Zeno,
buena captura,
foco y detalles...
genial percha y pov,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-28 16:35]

What a great picture Zeno, it is breathtakingly beautiful! It is like velvet yet it is detailed and colourful, and the light is fantastic. It's a master shot, thank you!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-28 21:38]

Hello Zeno,
very nice shot; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent ! TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-29 1:39]

Magnificent image of this Night Heron Zeno!
The clarity is superb!
Great frame-filling composition and a superb eye-level POV.
Nice warm lighting and colours.
Excellent DOF.
Nice work!

Hi Zeno
This is a beauty. Your composition and detail are perfect and the BG makes the image stand out almost in 3-D.

Hi Zeno,
Many thanks for the feedback much appreciated, I think this is the first time Iíve seen your work, this is an exceptional shot, the detail and framing are stunning, the lighting is wonderful, excellent POV and an amazing gallery too, looking forward to seeing more, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-01 17:51]

Hello Zeno

Excellent clarity,the focus is sharp.
Very good composition,the diagonal branch cuts through the frame nicely.
The POV is super,the plumage and eye detail is wonderful.
Well done.


Very sharp!
Great background!Nice pose! Beautiful!
I'm going to Gambia in one week!

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