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Young heron?

Young heron?
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds 2 - Aves Acuáticas 2, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-19 16:10
Viewed: 4219
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was shooting a heron when, suddenly, this bird came out. I guess it's a young heron, but I'm not that sure.

I hope so, for, below, some note about herons.

Herons are medium to large long-legged, long-necked wading (Warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings) birds of the family (Herons; egrets; night herons; bitterns) Ardeidae, which also includes the (Any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding season) egrets and (Relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes) bitterns.

Within the family Ardeidae, all members of the genera, (Bitterns) Botaurus and (Bitterns) Ixobrychus are classed as bitterns, not herons, however the species sometimes known as egrets are simply white-coloured herons with decorative plumes, and not a biologically distinct group (although one could also define true Egrets as the members of genus Egretta). The classification of the individual heron species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta.

The (Tropical American heron related to night herons) Boatbill is sometimes classed as a heron, and sometimes given its own family (Click link for more info and facts about Cochlearidae) Cochlearidae.

Although herons resemble other families, such as the (Large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage) storks, (Wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills) ibises and (Wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon) spoonbills, unlike the latter groups, herons fly with their necks retracted, not outstretched.

Herons typically feed in shallow water or marshes, taking fish, frogs or small birds and mammals. In February 2005 the (A river rising in northeastern New Mexico and flowing eastward across the Texas panhandle to become a tributary of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma) Canadian (A person with advanced knowledge of one of more sciences) scientist Dr Louis Lefebvre announced a method of measuring avian (A measure of a person's intelligence as indicated by an intelligence test; the ratio of a person's mental age to their chronological age (multiplied by 100)) IQ in terms of their innovation in feeding habits. Herons were named among the most intelligent birds based on this scale.
(Source: www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/h/he/heron.htm)

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-10-19 16:42]

He Livio, i like your picture ! Its not great in composition, but its very sharp and the colours are nice aswell! But you made a litle mistake my friend.. This is not a young heron, this is a Cattle egret, we call it in dutch Koereiger, translated in english a cow egret.. They get that name, because you see them a lot in the neighbourhood of cows.. They pick the upcomming insects around them.. Lovely white with caramel colours.. You see them rare in holland, but lots of them in France..! and in Brasil of course..

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-19 17:14]

Hi Livio,
Very nice shot!
excellent composition, great DOF and POV.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-19 23:04]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Power of evocation in me: very strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: very good.
Thank you Livio.
Thank you for sharing a so beautifull picture and for the enjoyment which it give to me.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-19 23:49]

It is a good compositionLivio with the bird appearing in the grass. I do like its colours, well done. TFS.

Hi Livio,
I like the POV and composition. The details and colours are also good. IMO it need a little more contrast.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-20 3:17]

Livios bonjour, very good shot. Good lighting. Well caught Livios, this is an excellent composition. TFS Didier.

Livio, that´s a Very nice capture with great colours, sharpness and POV. Very good composition. TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-20 4:48]

Hi Livio!

Exceptional pose of this bird - it looks almost like human. I like composition with load of open space and POV. Very interesting note also.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-20 6:10]

Hi Livio,

Nice picture my friend. I like the fg with the oof grass, you really ambushed him! :) The composition is very nice. Too bad a large part of the body of the heron is overexposed. I also think the shadow on his neck is distracting. Focus on the head is sharp and the head is also perfectly exposed. Well done & TFS!


Hello Livio!
I very poetic and nostalgic picture!
I really like not only a photo but especialy an atmosphere of this shot.

Hello Livio!
Wonderful capture.Colors,POV,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Livio,
So who was more suprised him or you? Sometimes we still get good shots when we were really trying to get something else, but another situation comes up. The colors and detail are very good here. It worked out well.

This is well composed and it has an interesting POV Livio. I think nature photography brings out the "hunter" instinct in all of us..You've done well to seize the moment. Excellent notes.
Thank You.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-20 14:06]

very good shot Livio,
I like the good composition and the fantastic contrast with the bird, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-21 5:08]

Hello Livio!
Very nice capture.POV,details,colors,DOF and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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