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Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-25 13:52
Viewed: 3104
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax

Bihoreau couronne noire (French)
Yaboa real, Guanaba, Guaco (Spanish)

With a range that spans five continents, including much of North America, the Black-crowned Night-Heron is the most widespread heron in the world. It is most active at dusk and at night, feeding in the same areas that other heron species frequent during the day.

Cool Facts:
Young Black-crowned Night-Herons often disgorge their stomach contents when disturbed. This habit makes it easy to study its diet.
The Black-crowned Night-Heron may nest in the same tree with ibises or other herons.
Adult Black-crowned Night-Herons apparently do not distinguish between their own young and those from other nests, and will brood chicks not their own.

Various wetland habitats, including salt, brackish, and freshwater marshes, swamps, streams, lakes, and agricultural fields.

Aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, lizards, snakes, rodents, eggs, and other foods.

Foraging: Grasps prey; does not stab with bill.

Nest Type: A platform of sticks placed in tree or cattails. Nests colonially; more than a dozen nests may be in a single tree.
Egg Description: Greenish
Clutch Size: Usually 3-5 eggs. Range: 1-7.
Condition at Hatching: Eyes open, partially covered in white and gray down.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-11-25 14:04]

fantastic detailed head Manyee,
very good crop, good in pov and a nice dof, the details are super, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-25 15:18]

Hi Manyee,
Brilliant shot of this beauty, I love the red eyes. On Sanibel I had first seen the yellow-crowned night heron; they have the same unreal-red eyes. Excellent detail in this shot and exposure is very good too, both the black and white feathers come out really well.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-11-25 15:46]

Charming pose Manyee, good colours and lovely feather details.
Thanks for sharing.

Nice POV and great detail.



A beautiful shot, excellent detail and great job on the whites!


Hi Manyee,
Nice close-up
BG could have been blurred a little bit more to remove slight noise, but only to reach perfection ;-)
Excellent picture !!!

Hi Manyee,
Excellent capture, good sharp detail and colours. Great POV.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

This is an excellent portrait ManYee! Sharp details with excellent exposure, color and DOF. Excellent note as always. Very good work!
Thank You.

Hello Manyee,
Excellent details and sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Fantastic work! Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Nice close-up portrait of your birdie with gret details & Colors. ;)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-11-26 18:01]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent shot!
Very sharp and detailed,
good colour, and DOF.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-26 19:46]

Manyee, this is a very nice photo of this great guy.

Excellent details, composition and pov.

Lovely catchlight and dof too.

Nice capture Manyee! Great colors and details. Good exposure with the whites. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Hi Manyee

Wow.... congrats on a magnificent shot. No nits here. TFS.

great capture. lovely and sharp, crisp, no OE on the white and great composition.

well done.

such a beautiful photo, amazing detail and the color, and sharpness are exceptional. tfs.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-07 1:04]

One of my favorite birds.
Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Great pose of the bird. There is some chromatic aberration on the top of the head. It is not you, it is the S1.
Capacity of evocation in me: very very strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Manyee of California.

Hi Manyee,
Nice shot. Good details and sharp.

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