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|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
The Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides, is a small heron, 44–47 centimetres (17–19 in) long, of which the body is 20–23 centimetres (7.9–9.1 in), with 80–92 centimetres (31–36 in) wingspan. It is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Europe and the Greater Middle East. It is a migrant, wintering in Africa. It is rare north of its breeding range.
This is a stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the colour of the wings.
Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-4 eggs are laid.
These herons feed on fish, frogs and insects.
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Bravo on this great Heron capture. This is intersting that you got this one in the trees. Very nice focus and the beutiful great trees are awesome. Good job on getting on getting a good focus though all that stuff. Well done.
Very interesting bird. Super sharp and brilliant colors. Nice composition.
What a great picture showing this beautiful bird with amazing details and natural colours. I also like composition and warm light. Well done!
- [2011-05-15 3:55]
The pose on the top of a tree is wonderful. I like the pattern on the wings and the nice colors.
- [2011-05-15 17:27]
A very nice shot, Angelo!
Love the green around the eye. and the rust color of the plumage.
The long breeding head feathers hanging down make a very handsome portrait. Beautiful light and composition.
TFS. : )