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Ardea cinerea

Ardea cinerea
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-21 12:59
Viewed: 3325
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions.

It is a large bird, standing 90-100 cm tall, with a 175-195 cm wingspan and a weight of 1-2 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.

Shooting Date/Time
12/11/2006 14:29:54
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-21 13:02]

Ha Annick,

A great composition,the heron contrasts very well against the green BG,this is a good inflight shot,well done and TFS


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-11-21 13:05]

Belle phase de vol et bon réflexe.
Bonne soirée.

bonjour annick
les oiseaux en vol,voila un excercice difficile et vous avez reussi avec brio.
la netteté est extra,bonnes couleurs et bons details.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-11-21 13:42]

Hele mooie capture Annick.
schitterende kwaliteit een uitstekende pov een goede scherpte en een mooie compositie, wat wil men nog meer. goed werk.
gr, jaap

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-21 14:31]

A truely superb in-flight, Annick!
The details on every feather here is impressive and the superb and vivid BG creates such a splendid contrast with the colors of this beautiful heron.
Really sharp details, a beautiful and pretty low angled light and a nice framing are also part of the elements that make this composition an outstanding one!

Bravo and TFS

  • Great 
  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-11-21 14:36]

Very nice in flight Annick, Great details, colors and sharpness. You manage very well.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-21 15:04]

Hello Annick,
Wonderful in flight capture.Exposure is spot on details are crisp clear.POV,BG,lighting and visual effect are excellent.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-21 16:06]

Annick, buena captura y excelente nitidez, perfecto encuadre... saludos

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-21 16:07]

I know a lot of people find herons boring but I think they are wonderful. I love this in flight shot. Wonderful BG and excellent colours



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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-21 19:35]

Hi Annick,
Like your heron. That lens you have is a good one for flying birds, if you can get close enough. You did a good job here... it is very sharp.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-21 22:15]

Hello Annick

A very good in flight photo of this grey heron.Excellent POV and DOF.The composition is very good.I like the blurred BG,shows motion well and is a good backdrop for the heron.Well done.TFS


Hello Annick, great capture, excellent sharpness, colors and compo.

Hello friend!
This is a GREAT shot! Congrats! I love this POV, compo, details, bla,bla,bla :-)

magnifique oiseau en vol pas facile a prendre, bon BG flou une super réalisation
bravo et encore merci

Hi Annick,
a very nice in-flight. Very good DOF, the bird in focus and the BG is nice blurred. Well done with the exposure and sharpness. I like the compo and the POV too.
Well done.

Hi Annick,

This is a wonderful in-flight shot of a beautiful bird. Perfect exposure with great details in both highlights and shadows! I find tracking birds in flight very difficult. You did an excellent job on this one! Congratulations!
I visited your personal website and must say it was impressive. Especially the birds!

Best regards,

Hello Annick,

very good shot with great colours and good compo.

Hi, Annick.
Good flight shot. Well taken against beautiful green BG. Good composition, exposure and sharpness.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-22 13:47]

Hi Annick.
This is gorgeous catchment The Grey Heron in fly.Very nice composition,POV,DOF and perfect background.I like position wings and very beautiful and sharp details.
Great work.Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Milos

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2006-11-23 14:45]

He Annick,

After your comment on the swans I had a look at your animals. Great works, realy!
This one for example, is a very good actionshot of the fying herron. Razor sharp and a good blurred background.

Well done,


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