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white Heron

white Heron
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Copyright: Chand Hyd (chand416) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 18] (60)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/74099368.0
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-09 6:12
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Points: 12
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Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardeola
Species: A. grayii

widespread and common but can be easily missed when the stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when the roost close to human habitations. They are however distinctive when put to flight, the bright white wings flashing in contrast to the cryptic streaked olive and brown colours of the body. The camouflage is so excellent that they will often allow humans to approach very close before taking to flight, and this has resulted in folk names and beliefs that the birds are short-sighted or blind

Food and feeding

The Indian Pond Heron's feeding habitat is marshy wetlands. They usually feed at the edge of ponds but make extensive use of floating vegetation such as Water hyacinth to access deeper water. They may also on occasion swim on water or fish from the air and land in deeper waters.They have also been observed to fly and capture fishes leaping out of water. Sometimes, they fly low over water to drive frogs and fishes towards the shore before settling along the shoreline.
The primary food of these birds includes crustaceans, aquatic insects, fishes, tadpoles and sometimes leeches (Herpobdelloides sp). Outside wetlands, these herons feed on insects (including crickets, dragonfliesand bees), fish (Barilius noted as important in a study in Chandigarh) and amphibians.


The breeding season is prior to the Monsoons. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. Most nests are built at a height of about 9 to 10 m and in large leafy trees. The nest material is collected by the male while the female builds the nest. 3-5 eggs are laid.The eggs hatch asynchronously, taking 18 to 24 days to hatch. Both parents feed the young. Fish are the main diet fed to young. Nest sites that are not disturbed may be reused year after year.

Mortality factors

They have few predators and injured birds may be taken by birds of prey.
An arbovirus "Balagodu", trematodes and several other parasites have been isolated from the species. Antibodies to Japanese Encephalitis/West Nile Virus has been detected in Pond Herons and Cattle Egrets from southern India. Traces of heavy metals acquired from feeding in polluted waters may be particularly concentrated in the tail feathers

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Hallo Chand,
a very beautiful capture of this white Heron, very similar to Little Egret, i also puotograph many species of Herons, great timing capturing this wonderful posture, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours.
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-09 6:52]

Hi Chand
Excellent presentation of a specie I had never seen before.Good POV and sahrp image.Excellent timing to capture him with wings open.Nice pose to
TFS Michel

Hello Chand,

An very good sht with good pov and details.
A pity right above stands half a bird on the picture.
Search always the perfect pov, sometimes you have bad luck.
Fine colours.


Hola Chand

Una fantastica imagen de esta Garza, creo que esta modalidad que tiene de poner las alas de esa forma es para hacer sombra y que los peces se cobijen para poder capturarlos.

Una perfecta fotografía con perfecta nitidez y contraste.

Un saludo de Antonio

Very nice shot of a Great Egret in breeding plumage.

Hallo Chand
What a delightful view to look at this White Heron with its semi opened wings. Its has impressive plumage which is seen beautifully in your image. I like the "walking" motion of the bird in the water, the blue colour in the area of the eye and beak and the sight of the longish bill. A pleasant true to nature image. I also want to compliment you on a well detailed note, and want to mention that your standard of work is improving beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Chand,
Superb capture with great details and lovely natural colours.
Very good focus and sharpness.

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