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Heron The Builder

Heron The Builder
Photo Information
Copyright: Toni Alvarez (Toni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: KonicaMinolta Dynax7D, minolta 80-200 G APO
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ptaki [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-28 17:10
Viewed: 4817
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae
The White-faced Heron is mostly light blue-grey in colour, with a characteristic white face. In flight, the dark flight feathers of the wing contrast with the paler grey plumage, making this bird easily identifiable when viewed from below. It has a long, slim neck and a pointed grey-black bill. The legs are long and dull yellow in colour. Sexes are similar. When breeding, the birds have long feathers (nuptial plumes) on the head, neck and back. The White-faced Heron has a slow bouncing flight.
Young White-faced Herons are similar in appearance to the non-breeding adults (no nuptial plumes), but are duller, with little or no white on the face. They often have a reddish colour on the underparts.
Distribution and Habitat
White-faced Herons are the most commonly seen herons in Australia. They are found throughout the mainland and Tasmania, and most coastal islands. They also occur in Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand. White-faced Herons can be found anywhere where there is water, from tidal mudflats and coastal reefs to moist grasslands and gardens.
Food and Feeding
The White-faced Heron feeds on a wide variety of prey, including fish, insects and amphibians. Food is obtained in a variety of ways, such as walking and disturbing prey, searching among damp crevices or simply standing in the water and watching for movement.

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To Fernandez: Donde lo has fotografiado?Toni 1 10-29 06:14
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Hello Toni,

An excellent photo, of this white-faced heron, capturing a twig!

I very much like the ripples in the water at his feet.

Sharp and lovely details, colors, and pose.

The chain holding back the alligator would be my only nit... :-)

Great job, thank you.

J'aime bien cette photo.
Le héron se tenant sur un petit bout de rocher se tenant avec fermeté à sa petite branche de salut...
J'aurais personnelement coupé la section gauche de la photo afin d'éliminer la chaîne en arrière-plan.

Una pregunta Toni, ¿que distribución tiene esta pajaro?. Aqui en el delta del Llobregat o el delta del Ebro nunca lo he visto, tampoco en Los Aigüamolls de L´Empordá. ¿Donde lo has fotografiado?, un dia de estos me pasaré ha verte y te pediré que me enseñes donde puedo fotografiarlo ;). Es precioso :D. Por ponerte un pequeño pero... el encuadre, bajo mi modesto punto de vista crei que unoi vertical hubiera sido lo suyo ;). El foco una maravilla, inmejorable :D, un gran trabajo Toni. Te felicito :D.

Besides the great composition, colour and moment captured, what I like most is the clarity of this shot.
Yo hubiera recortado un poco más para poder presumir de esos bonitos detalles ;-)

Nice shot Toni,
Good colour, detail and sharpness.
Well composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend.

Good title Toni. Clear sharp shot with very good exposure and detail. Well composed and an excellent note to go with it. Well Done & Thank You. Have a Great weekend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-29 2:16]

Wow, very sharp picture of that heron-builder. Beautiful composition with excellent light. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-29 4:13]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting shot that you have well done ! Congratulations and thanks for sharing here.
PS : sorry if my comment is a bit short but I explain why on the TN forum

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-29 18:54]

Great scene. Sharp details and excellent composition. Well done & TFS!


Hi Toni

This is a great shot. You have composed it extremely well. The light was in your favour. Sharpness and clarity are spot on. Nice work. Thanks.

Hello Toni,
Portraits always come better under shady light. Your great post is a good example.
Good to have the bird sitting on dark ground.
He really seems to pose for the photographer.
TFS. Thomas

Hi Toni,
Not Egretta novaehollandiae. This is Pied Heron (Ardea picata).

Another new heron for me like colors pose of bird could be a bit sharperWhen shooting herons try to get reflection if possible thats only my opinion good shot

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